- Princess Hugo Williams
- Broadcast Journalist, BBC News Pidgin
Monday, August 8, in the final day of action for the 22nd Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham, United Kingdom and Nigeria have won 12 gold medals so far.
The country’s female athletes won all the gold medals to the admiration of their countrymen.
Di kontri Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Sunday Dare praised di athletes for dia “breathtaking command performance.”
The female athletes are also helping Nigeria win 6 silver and 8 bronze medals for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
While di male athlete don help win 3 silver and 6 bronze for di kontri.
In total, the women don won 26 medals for Nigeria while the men won 9 medals
Nigeria has so far failed to win a total of 35 medals and sits 7th in the Birmingham 2022 medal table.
Meet the 12 female athletes who won gold for Nigeria
1. Adiat Adenike Olarinoe
Adijat Adenike Olarinoye will be the first athlete to win Nigeria’s first gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Olarinoye, who is 23, lifted a total of 203kg to win gold in the women’s 55kg final on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
She lifts 92kg for the bench press, 111kg for the bench press and 203kg total.
2. Rafiatu Folashade Lawal
Rafiatu Folashade Lawal Gives Nigeria Second Gold Medal of 2022 Commonwealth Games for Birmingham
Lawal, 25, lifted 206kg to win gold in the women’s 59kg final on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Chioma Onyekwere made history as the first Nigerian to win a Commonwealth Games discus throw women’s gold medal last Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
For her first appearance at the di games, she threw a season’s best of 61.70m in her fourth attempt to grab the di lead from Great Britain’s Jade Lally.
Chioma Onyek was also an African Games champion in athletics at the age of 28.
The US-based engineer became only the second African woman in Games history to win gold after South Africa’s Elizna Naude did so at the 2006 Melbourne Games.
4. Kindness Chiemerie Nwachukwu
Goodness Chiemerie Nwachukwu wins gold medal in women’s discus throw F42-44/61-64 – final on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
The 23-year-old threw 36.56m to win the gold medal for Nigeria.
5. Alice Folashade Oluwafemiayo
Alice Folashade Oluwafemiayo wins gold for Nigeria’s women’s heavyweight team – final on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
The 37-year-old Paralympic champion set a new Commonwealth Games record and bettered the women’s -86kg world record to win a medal.
Blessing Oborududu did not disappoint Nigeria as she won the women’s freestyle 68kg gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Oborududu, 33, retained the title she won four years ago for the Gold Coast.
Wrestler Oborududu beat Linda Morais in the women’s 68kg final.
7. Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye
Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye added to Nigeria’s gold by winning the women’s freestyle 57kg gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Adekworoye, who is 28, defeated her Indian opponent Anshu Malik in the 57 kg freestyle category.
Dis na Adekuoroye third tile of the Commonwealth Games
She is a two-time reigning Commonwealth Games champion and reigning African champion.
8. Miesinnei Mercy Genesis
Nigeria’s Miesinnei Mercy Genesis took the women’s 50kg freestyle gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
Genesis, who is 24 years old, defeated Canadian wrestler Parks Madison to win a medal.
She won the game at Coventry Arena on Saturday night.
9. Eucharia Ndzydeka Iyazi
Eucharia Njideka Iyazi wins gold medal in Women’s F55-57 Shot Put – Final for Birmingham on Saturday 6 August 2022.
Dee, 48, won with a throw of 10.03 meters.
Tobi Amusan is the world hurdles champion and won gold in the women’s 100m hurdles final Sunday 7 August 2022.
Amusan, 25, clocked 12.30 seconds for the Alexander Stadium final to successfully defend his Commonwealth Games title on Sunday.
11. Tobi, Favor, Rosemary and NzubechiRelay 4 x 100 m
Four Nigerian athletes, Tobi Amusan, Favor Ofili, Rosemary Chukuuma and Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, helped di Kontri win gold for the women’s 4 x 100m relay final on Sunday, August 7, 2022.
Amusan started the competition with a brilliant first leg before handing over to Ofili who ensured Nigeria maintained the advantage before handing over the baton to Chukuma.
Chukwuma handed over the baton to Nigeria’s reigning 100m queen, Nwokocha.
Nwokocha held on to advantage in first position after a threat from Great Britain’s stage leader Darley Neita to bring home Nigeria’s first women’s relay gold.
Grace Nukocha told the BBC that the team was disappointed not to have won a world championships medal for Orgen and the victory for Birmingham was a relief.
“It’s good to come here, run our race and get the best out of it. And that’s what we’ve always planned. And we’re happy with what we got today.”
“We all work together, it doesn’t matter our age and we just want to work together, get the best out of ourselves,” Nwokocha said.
Ese Brume broke the Commonwealth Games long jump record to win gold for Nigeria.
Brume, who is 26, won the women’s long jump final on Sunday 7 August 2020 to reclaim the Commonwealth Games long jump title with a record 7 metres.
She told the BBC: “There’s not one thing I really want. I like it, I want to get a record in the game and I will push for it. And I keep praying and believing.”
Nigeria’s Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Sunday Dare, has thanked Ese Brume for making the country proud.
While she is the governor of the state where Ese Brume comes from, praise her for making history and making Nigeria proud.
Ifeanyi Okowa writes on im Twitter saying;
“A great jump in the history books for our daughter Ese Brume, we just broke the Commonwealth Games long jump record. It is a fantastic day for Nigerian sports as a whole!”
Nigerians from Oda, both women and men, also failed to win silver and bronze for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.