Following the addition of two more gold medals to the nation’s tally in Birmingham on Saturday, Team Nigeria is now ranked as the top African team on the medals table at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Team Nigeria was held on to the sixth position on the medal board at the end of Day 9 of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with 30 medals, including nine gold, eight silver, and 13 bronze medals.
The athletes from the nation have kept up an incredible performance at the Common Wealth Games, currently placing sixth behind Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, and India.
Eucharia Iyayi won the gold in the Women’s F55-57 Shot Put competition for Team Nigeria, while Ugochi Alam had to settle for the bronze.
Iyayi not only took home the gold, but she also did it in style by breaking the previous Commonwealth Games Record with a throw of 10.03.
Additionally, Ebikewenimo Welson, who defeated Tayab Raza (Canada) in the Men’s Freestyle 57 kg, clinched a silver medal in wrestling, with Mercy Genesis emerging as a gold medalist in the Women’s Freestyle 50 kg competition.
As of the time, this report was filed, Team Nigeria had nine gold, eight silver, and thirteen bronze medals, moving two spots above South Africa, which had seven gold, eight silver, and eleven bronze.
With many events still yet to be decided, there is a chance for changes to the current standing, as there are chances that Team Nigeria could win even more medals as the Commonwealth Games enter their final stages.
Several Team Nigeria competitors are in contention for medals, including Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume, who are favorites to successfully defend their Commonwealth Games titles in the 100-meter hurdles and women’s long jump, respectively, on Sunday.
Team Nigeria has qualified for the women’s 4 x 100m final after winning their heat with a time of 42.57, and the men’s 4 x 400m team has also advanced to the final after winning their heat with a time of 38.85.