The Nigerian athlete and World record holder Tobi Amusan, clinched gold for team Nigeria and set a record time of 12.30 seconds in 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth games in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The 25-year-old Nigerian athlete has become the first female to be crowned African, Commonwealth, and World Champion in the same year.
Other results from the commonwealth games saw the women’s team Nigeria win gold in the 4x100m quartet. The team consisting of Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha took first position in record-breaking style as they finished in 42.10 seconds; breaking the 42.22 seconds African best record they had set at last month’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
Also, the men’s 4x400m team of Udodi Onwuzurike, Favour Ashe, Alaba Akintola and Raymond Ekevwo won a bronze medal. It’s Nigeria’s first men’s medal in the commonwealth games since the 4x100m in 1982.
What you should know
At the time of this report, team Nigeria was ranking seventh in the medal leaderboard with a total of 35 medals. Nigeria has won 12 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 14 bronze medals. The top three countries on the leaderboard are Australia, England and Canada with 173, 166 and 90 medals, respectively.
Nigerians, including Folashade Oluwafemiayo and Tobi Amusan, and Adijat Adenike Olarinloye set world records while clinching gold medals at the event.