Nigerian parathletes shine in Commonwealth Games

Nigerian trio of Roland Ezuruike, Esther Oyema and Ndidi Nwosu on Tuesday all won Gold in the Para-powerlifting events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The west African nation had failed to clinch the top honours heading into Day six.

As well, the duo of Paul Kehinde and Lucy Ejike each picked up silver medals in the men and women’s events respectively.

Contesting in the men’s lightweight final, Ezuruike became the first Nigerian to claim a gold medal at this year’s edition with a lift of 224.3kg.
The silver medal went to his compatriot Kehinde who lifted 219.9kg while Ali Jawad lifted 182.7kg to win the bronze medal for England.
In the women’s lightweight, Onyema made a lift of 141.6kg to create a new world record.
Ejike claimed the silver medal with a lift of 134.1kg and Zoe Newson from England took the bronze medal with a lift of 106.1.
And in the women’s heavyweight, Nwosu emerged tops with a lift of 110.4kg to finish ahead of Louis Sudgen of England (89.2kg) and Joyce Njuguna of Kenya (89.0kg).
Team Nigeria has now won three gold and four silver medals and are now 10th in the overall medal standings.