Nigeria claims first medal at Commonwealth Games

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 25th, 2014
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India's silver medalist Mirabai Chanu Saikhom (L), India's gold medalist Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham (C) and Nigeria's Nkechi Opara (R) celebrate with their medals on the podium

Team Nigeria on Thursday in Glasgow recorded its first medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games when Nkechi Opara won bronze in the women’s weightlifting 48 kg event.

Opara scored 70 in snatch; and 92 in clean and jerk for total 162 points.

India’s Sanjita Chanu won the gold with 173 points, while her compatriot, Saikhom Mirabai, won silver with 170 points.

The result placed Nigeria joint sixth with South Africa and New Zealand who also have one bronze medal each.

India's silver medalist Mirabai Chanu Saikhom (L), India's gold medalist Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham (C) and Nigeria's Nkechi Opara (R) celebrate with their medals on the podium

India’s silver medalist Mirabai Chanu Saikhom (L), India’s gold medalist Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham (C) and Nigeria’s Nkechi Opara (R) celebrate with their medals on the podium

England leads the medals table as at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday with seven medals, comprising three gold, two silver and two bronze.

They had earlier in the day pushed Australia into second place, with India in third place, and Canada and Scotland joint fourth.

The women’s 48 kg event was one of two in the weightlifting competition, which was one of many on the first day of competition at the games.

In the other weightlifting event, Nigeria’s Rasaq Tanimowo was in line for a gold medal as he was leading the pack in the competition before the final round of lifts.

The 2014 games, which got underway on Wednesday, will end on 3 August.


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