Tuesday’s efforts by Team Nigeria sent forth a positive message.
All six of Team Nigeria’s competitors competing on Tuesday in the athletics competition of the Commonwealth Games qualified for the semi-final of the 100-meter race.
At the Alexandria Stadium in Birmingham on Tuesday, the men’s 100-meter relay team of Favour Oghene Tejiri Ashe, Raymond Ekevwo, and Godson Oghenebrume all easily advanced to the semifinals.
Oghenebrume had to wait with his time of 10.36s to obtain passage as one of the non-automatic qualifiers, but Ashe and Ekevwo finished among the top 10 from the heats in times of 10.12s and 10.14s to receive automatic qualification slots.
Ashe, the current fastest man in Nigeria, defeated competitors like Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake to win his heat.
Oghenebrume’s initial disqualification for a false start was overturned, and as a result, he finished third in the sixth heat. This temporarily distracted him.
Similar results were seen in the women’s race, as two Nigerian runners, Grace Nwokocha and Rose Chukwuma, won their respective divisions.
Despite being picked as a last-minute replacement for Favour Ofili, Joy Udo-Gabriel placed third in her race to advance to the semifinal.
On Wednesday, the semifinal heats are scheduled.
Anabel Orobosa of Nigeria earned a spot in the women’s shot put competition final earlier today.
The current national champion, Orobosa, placed fifth in Group B of the preliminary rounds with a throw of 16.27 meters, earning a place in the championship round.
Team Nigeria has now won five medals at the Commonwealth Games.
Tuesday at the National Exhibition Center, weightlifter Taiwo Liadi, 19, took home a silver medal.
She participated in the women’s 76kg weightlifting competition and came in second to Canada’s Maya Laylor, who broke the previous Commonwealth Games record by lifting 128kg.
Laidi won silver in the women’s 76kg event by lifting a combined total of 216 kg, setting a record for the Junior Commonwealth Games.
Nigeria now holds five medals in total, all of which came from weightlifting: two gold, one silver, two bronze.
In the women’s 55kg and 59kg divisions, Adijat Olarinoye and Rafiat Lawal won both gold medals and broke Commonwealth Games records.
Olarinoye broke the previous Games record with a lift of 203 kg (92 kg in snatch and 111 kg in clean and jerk), while Lawal won the women’s 59 kg weightlifting event with a total lift of 206 kg (110 kg in snatch and 116 kg in clean and jerk).
Mary Osijo, the final Nigerian athlete in the weightlifting competition, will compete later on Tuesday in the women’s 87kg division.
Nigeria is presently ranked ninth in the medals standings.
The leaders are Australia with 71 medals, followed by England with 56. With 24 medals, New Zealand completes the top three. With 12 medals, South Africa is presently the best-performing African country at the games.
The Table Tennis team led by Aruna Quadri fell to the hosts England in the third place match for the Team event, therefore Nigeria’s experience hasn’t been entirely sweet.
Abdul-Afeez Osoba of Team Nigeria fell to Garan Croft in the Round of 16 of the men’s 67kg-71kg Light Middleweight division.
The Welsh weightlifter advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating his Nigerian opponent 5-0 (on points).