Nigeria duo of Rilwan Mohammad Alowonle and Glory Nathaniel missed out on a podium finish in the 400m hurdles at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia.
In the men’s 400m hurdles, Alowonle finished 5th in 49.80 seconds in a race won by Kyron McMaster of British Virgin Islands in a time of 48.25 seconds. While Jeffery Gibson finished second with a seasons best (SB) of 49.10 seconds and third was Jaheel Hyde in 49.16 seconds.
McMaster’s win in the 400m hurdles is British Virgin Island’s first ever gold at the Commonwealth Games. The 21 year old won the gold less than a year his country was destroyed by Hurricane Irma which also claimed the life of his coach Xavier Samuels.
Glory Nathaniel placed 6th in 56.39 seconds in the women’s 400m hurdles. Jamaica’s Janieve Russell won with a time of 54.33 seconds ahead of Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle in second in a time of 54.80 seconds while South Africa’s Wenda Nel placed third in 54.96 seconds.
Nigeria’s second table tennis doubles team have been dumped out of the men’s doubles event. The duo of Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo lost 3-0 (7-11,8-11,3-11) to Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford of England in the last 16.
Nigeria dropped down one place to 11th with 4 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals after day 8 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.