The 2018 Commonwealth Games has brought lots of positives for Nigerian representatives as they turned up the heat in various categories of the sports. Despite early disappointments by several competitors, they’ve settled down and adjusted admirably with some medals getting into the bag.
Nigeria’s biggest strength of past years, track and field has brought back some hopes for the nation with athletes showing the world they could gatecrash the medals party too. Perhaps the surprise of the tournament is 20-year old 100m hurdles queen, Oluwatobiloba Amusan who defeated two Jamaican hurdlers to emerge victorious in the race. She was alsos part of the Bronze-winning Nigerian team in 4x100m relay while the 4x400m relay team picked up a silver medal. The male 4x100m relay team were left with bitter pills to swallow after being disqualified as a result of an error in their exchange of baton. The team lead Nigeria’s fastest man, Seye Ogunlewe and also including Ogho Egwero-Oghene were left devastated with the turn of events.
Table Tennis Star, Aruna Quadri picked up a silver medal after being bested by a Singaporean in the final game while some other medals were also picked up in the sports. Nigeria won a gold medal in Wrestling and Paralympics’ weightlifting also proved to be the strength of the Nigerian team to the Gold Coast.
Australia, well ahead of the pack are hosting to win after a gold rush of 80 gold medals is justifying their name for the games as they are coasting home with gold medals. Presently, Nigeria has a total of 9 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals to have a total of 24 medals and currently occupy 9th position on the medals’ table. Team Nigeria won two gold medals from Athletics, two silver medals and a bronze medal. Two medals have been won in boxing while weightlifting has brought 4 gold medals to the team. 3 silver medals have been in the bag in table tennis, wrestlers have also ensured Nigeria made a podium finish on several occasions, amongst many others for the Nigerian contingent to the Gold Coast, Australia.
See medals table below;