It’s a moment of joy for Nigerian women folks as all the 12 gold medals for Team Nigeria at the 22nd Commonwealth Games were won by women.
At the Commonwealth Games which was concluded on August 8, in Birmingham, the Nigerian team won 12 gold, nine silver, and 14 bronze medals. Women won all 12 gold medals.
Here are the women:
Amusan Oluwatobiloba – 100m Hurdles
26-year-old Tobi won the 100m hurdles in 12.30 seconds, a games record.
Brume Ese – Long Jump
Brume who is known for getting a medal in every tournament where she has represented Nigeria did it again as she won gold at the Commonwealth Games with a 7.00m leap.
Mercy Genesis Miesinnei (50 kg)
24 year-old Genesis, advanced to the 50kg weight class after winning gold at the 2015 All African Games in 2015.
Oborududu Blessing – Wrestling (68kg)
The Olympic silver medalist, Blessing (33) skillfully secured her gold medal from the Gold Coast Games.
Odunayo Adekuoroye – Wrestling (57kg)
Adekuoroyefoe the second time won gold in the Commonwealth Games.
Rafiatu Folashade Lawal – Weightlifting (59kg)
Lawal, 25 had had four gold medals from international tournaments, the likes of the African Games in Rabat in 2019, the 2021 African and Commonwealth Championships and now a gold at her first Commonwealth Games.
Adijat Olarinoye – Weightlifting (55kg)
Olarinoye, 23, after her silver at the World Wrestling Championship in Tashkent also bagged her first Commonwealth Games gold.
Folashade Oluwafemiayo – Para Powerlifting (75kg)
37 year-old Oluwafemiayo who won a gold medal in the Summer Paralympics in 2020 prior to this had gold medals from the World Championships in 2017, 2019, and 2021.
Eucharia Iyiazi – F55-57 Shot Put
Team Nigeria’s oldest member, (48) Eucharia had her first gold medal in 2008 Olympic Game then a bronze medals from the Olympic Games in 2012, 2016, and 2020.
Chioma Onyekwere – Shot Put
Onyekwere, 28, though took the 21st-place at the World Championships in Oregon, made up for it with a gold medal in Birmingham, with a throw of 61.70m with her career-best throw being 63.30m. She is a Mechanical Engineer and a triplet.
Goodness Nwachukwu – Discus Throw
Nwachukwu, 23, won gold at the Commonwealth Games after her gold win at the 2021 Tunis WPA Grand Prix. She also broke her initial world record of 32.95m by setting a new one of 36.56m.
Women’s 4x100m Relay
At the relay, the quartet which comprises Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Grace Nwokocha, and Amusan won gold, thereby making a new African record of 42.30s.