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As Athletics Begins, Team Nigeria Hopes To Win More Medals

On Day 5, Team Nigeria will look to add to their four-medal haul at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, according to ANAEDOONLINE.NG Sports Extra.

Nigeria, which is currently ranked ninth in the medals table, has won two gold medals and two bronze medals since the games began.

Adijat Olarinoye and Rafiatu Lawal, both weightlifters, won gold in the women’s 55kg and 59kg categories, respectively.

Olarinoye set a new Games record with a lift of 203kg – 92kg in Snatch and 111 in Clean & Jerk while Lawal clinched gold with a total lift of 206kg – 110kg in Snatch and 116kg in Clean and Jerk – to win the women’s 59kg weightlifting event and also set a new Games record.

In the final of the women’s 76kg weightlifting category, 19-year-old debutant Taiwo Liadi, who is competing today, could add to Nigeria’s medal haul in the event.

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The Nigerian is up against Amy Salt (Wales), Maya Laylor (Canada), Punam Yadav (India), Chloe Whylie (Jamaica), Agata Herbert (Scotland), Ebony Gorincu (Australia), Maximina Uepa (Nauru), Jeanne Mboosi (Cameroon), Deborah Alawode (England) and Monira Kazi from Bangladesh.

In judo, Joy Asonye will battle against Aoife Coughlan from Australia in the quarter-finals women’s 70kg category.

Also, Fatai Muritala and Cecilia James will be battling for places in the next round.

Muritala, 17, will come up against Lachlan Moorhead from England in the -81kg elimination Round of 16 while James will face Taonga Soko from Zambia in the women -63kg elimination Round of 16.

In boxing, Elizabeth Oshoba, competing in the featherweight 54kg-57kg category, faces Erin Walsh from New Zealand for a place in the quarter-finals, while in the men’s light middleweight 67kg-71kg, Afeez Osoba will take on Wales Garan Croft in the round of 16 at Hall 4 inside the NEC Hall 4.

Osoba had knocked out Carl Hield from the Bahamas in the round of 32.

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In athletics, world champion, Tobi Amusan, among other track and field athletes are expected to take part in the heat event at the Alexander Stadium.

Amusan ran a time of 12.12secs – shaving almost a tenth of a second off the previous world record – in the semi-finals of the World Championships in Oregon, before going on to win gold in the final.

Also, Ese Brume won silver in the women’s long jump at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

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Also expected to run is Nigeria’s fastest man Favour Ashe, who holds a personal best of 9.99secs from the national trials in Benin City, Edo in June.

The pair has been tipped for a podium finish in Birmingham following the withdrawals of top athletes from America and Canada.

 

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