Two more gold medals in athletics have been added to Team Nigeria’s tally at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Oluwatobiloba Amusan won gold in the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.68 seconds ahead of Jamaican duo of Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson.
Amusan took advantage of the injured World Champion Australia’s Sally Pearson, who withdrew due to persisting achilles tendon injury on day 1 of the Games.
Amusan’s gold medal is a first for Nigeria at a Commonwealth Games Women’s 100m Hurdles. Nigeria had previously won two bronze medals in the event.
Earlier, Suwaibidu Galadima did well enough to win the Men’s T47 100m final in a time of 11.04 seconds and got injured while reaching the finish line.
Nigeria’s Stephen Mozia finished 7th with his best throw of 59.08m in the men’s discus throw. Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres won gold with a games record (GR) of 68.20m, Traves Smikle got silver with 63.98m while Apostolos Parellis settled for bronze with 63.61m.
Despite losing their respective semi-final bouts, Yetunde Odunuga and Millicent Agboegbulem both won bronze.
Odunuga lost to England’s Paige Murney 4-1 points, in the semi-final 2 of the women’s 60kg. While Millicent Agboegbulem lost 5-0 to Australia’s Caitlin Parker in semifinal 1 of Women’s 75kg.
Nigeria won four gold and three bronze on day 9 and have stepped up three places to 8th with 8 gold , 5 silver and 5 bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.