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Day 5 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia, brought Nigeria smiles as the nation was handed its first set of medals since the games begun.


The Nigeria men’s Table Tennis team and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi both won Nigeria her first set of Silverware in their respective events. Following their win over the English team in the semi-final of the men’s Table Tennis event, the Nigerian Table Tennis team made up of Segun Toriola, Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo took on India in the final of the event but failed to replicate their earlier performances as they lost 3-0 to place second, wining the Silver medal. American born Nigerian, Enekwechi, however set a Personal Best (PB) of 21.14m in the Shot Put event to win the Silver Medal.

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In the men’s 100m final, Nigerian champion Seye Ogunlewe all-but claimed a medal when he placed 4th with a Season’s Best (SB) of 10.19s. Enoch Adegoke’s performance on the other hand was quite lackluster as the Nigerian finished in 7th in 10.35s. In the men’s 400m both Nigerians (Samson Nathaniel and Chidi Okezie) competing in the event could not make it past their semi-final races. In the women’s 400m event, Yinka Ajayi will be the sole Nigerian contender in the semi final on Tuesday as both Patience Okon-George and Folashade Abugan were disqualified due to lane violations despite finishing 1st and 3rd in their races. The Nigerian basketball team at the games yet again faced another defeat as the team was dominated by games host, Australia in Pool A 97-50. In the men’s 81kg Round of 16, Lukmon Lawal lost out to Regarn Simbwa of Uganda 4-1 on decision. Millicent Agboegbulem advanced into the semi-final of the women’s 75kg Boxing event, after she defeated Kenya’s Elizabeth Andiego 5-0 on decision 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 30-25.

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This article was first published on 11th April 2018 and updated on April 12th, 2018 at 12:52 pm


Achem Samuel is a writer and a musician, he is passionate about God and also an ardent fan of tech, sports and music.

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