12th African Games: Nigeria place 4th with 49 medals

12th African Games: Nigeria place 4th with 49 medals

Team Nigeria has won a total number of 49 medals consisting of 20 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze medals at the ongoing African Games in Morocco.

The duo of Folashade Lawal and Joy Ogbonna-Eze increase the country’s medal haul by winning 6 gold medals in the weightlifting event held at Salle Nahda Arena in Rabat.

Folashade Lawal won 3 Gold medals in the 59kg women’s weightlifting event lifting 93kg (snatch), 117kg (clean and jerk) and 210 (total); setting a new African record in the process while Joy Ogbonna-Eze lifted a total of 218kg with a lift of 97kg in snatch, 121 in clean and jerk in the -69kg women’s weightlifting event.

Hope Adele won bronze medal in the men’s +84kg karate event.

Raymond Ekewo and Itsheriki Ushoritse won gold and bronze medal respectively in the Men’s 100m final held at the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex, Rabat on Tuesday.

Ekevwo, who has now qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, became the 2nd Nigerian sprinter to go sub-10s by winning the African title in a PB of 9.96s ahead of second placed Cisse Gue Arthur of Cote D’Ivoire, who finished in 9.97s.

Itsheriki ran a 10.02s win the bronze medal and as well to place third as well as qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Commonwealth Games Silver medalist, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi also registered Nigeria’s name in the gold medal section of the Africa Games table by winning the Men’s Shot Put final.

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi broke Frank Elemba’s Africa Games record of 20.25m to set a new one of 21.48m, a mark he landed on his last attempt. Egypt’s duo of Khalifa Mohamed and Hassan Mostafa settled for the silver and bronze after finishing with a throw of 20.85m and 20.74m respectively. It was not a good outing for Ogundeji Ayomidotun as finished 4th with a throw of 20.06m.

2018 African Championships silver medallist, Oyeniyi Abejoye also won silver in the 110m Hurdles, clocking 13.90s.

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