C/Wealth Games: Abiodun crashes out, Odunuga heads to semis

C/Wealth Games: Abiodun crashes out, Odunuga heads to semis

Commonwealth silver medallist, Bode Abiodun has been knocked out of the men’s singles. England’s Liam Pitchford beat Abiodun 4-1 (13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7) to advance to the last 16.

But Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri made it to the round of 16 of the men’s singles.

Quadri knocked out Brian Chan Yook Fo  4-0 (11-4,11-8,11-4, 12-10) to advance to the round of 16. While veteran Toriola beat Aaron Wilson from Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 (11-7, 11-1, 10-12, 11-3, 11-3).

In Boxing, Africa silver medalist, Yetunde Odunuga is through to the semi-finals of the women’s 60kg after beating Caroline Veyre by a 3-2 decision.

The Nigeria Army Officer will now fight against England’s Paige Murney in the last four.

Nigeria’s Ayisat Oriyomi abandoned her bout in the quarter-final of the women’s 51kg. Oriyomi retired after the first round to surrender the victory to Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland.

Nigerian pair in the women’s 200m semi-final, Praise Idamadudu and Isoken Igbinosun have failed to reach the final following their 7th place finish in their respective races.

Idamadudu ran a time of 23.69 seconds in semi-final 2 while Igbinosun clocked a time of 24.03 seconds in semi-final 3.

It was also end of the road for Emmanuel Arowolo who finished 8th in a time of 21.25 seconds in the 200m men’s semi-final. Canada’s Aaron Brown won the race in 20.18 seconds to qualify for the final while African duo of Clarence Munyai of South Africa and Sydney Siame of Zambia finished second and third respectively.

In the 400m women’s final, Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi placed 8th in time of 52.26 seconds in a race won by Botswana’s Amantle Montsho with a season’s best (SB) in 50.15 seconds. While Jamaican pair of Anastasia Le-Roy and Stephanie McPherson finished second and third respectively.

Precious Okoronkwo had her best leap of 6.12 metres to place 7th in the women’s long jump while Kelechi Nwanaga finished 6th with a distance of 53.17 in the javelin throw. Australian duo finished 1 and 2, Kathryn Mitchell ended with a games record (GR)/ area record (AR) in 68.92m, Kelsey Lee Roberts in 63.89m while South Africa’s Sunette Vljoen finished third with a 62.08m throw.

At the end of Day 7, Team Nigeria has 8 medals (4 gold and 4 silver) and ranked in 10th place on the medal table.

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