The athletes and officials from Team Nigeria during the just finished 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom, brought cheer to millions of Nigerians who were suffering due to the country’s economic decline and increased insecurity. The majority of Nigerians now have more reason to be optimistic about life thanks to their amazing performance at the Games.
It is essential to note that Team Nigeria brought home a record 35 medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze. Nigeria’s performance at the Commonwealth Games was the best it has ever been, winning the most gold medals overall.
The previous record, set in 1994 in Victoria, Canada, 2010 in New Delhi, India, and 2014, was 11 gold (Glasgow, Scotland).
Ese Brume won the gold medal in the women’s long jump competition, ensuring that Team Nigeria broke a previous record at the games. Brume, 26, broke the previous record for the event at the Commonwealth Games by leaping 7.00m. With her second jump of the day, the athlete from the Delta earlier broke the previous games record by 6.99 metres.
Oluwatobiloba Amusan, who won the women’s 100-meter hurdles gold medal for Team Nigeria, also inspired the women’s relay team to win the elusive 4×100-meter gold with a new African record of 42.10 seconds, shattering the previous record of 42.22 seconds that they set in Oregon, USA, at the World Athletics championships.
Impressively, Nigerian athletes smashed numerous Commonwealth records and broke jinxes that had prevented them from winning a medal in various sports for more than 40 years. Nigeria finished the Games as the seventh-best nation overall and the top-ranked African nation in the medals table because to this remarkable performance. a guidepost to Nigerian sports’ better future.
We congratulate the athletes, their handlers, and the officials for this historic achievement in the Commonwealth Games in 2022 along with other Nigerians. The athletes have once more shown how valuable the Nigerian spirit is.
Team Nigeria’s performance in Birmingham undoubtedly demonstrated the resurgence of the nation’s sports, and we urge everyone to pitch in to build on this outstanding feat as we prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.
All 12 of Team Nigeria’s gold medals from the Birmingham Games, according to the medal count breakdown, were earned by female athletes. Out of the 35 medals the team earned, 23 medals were won by women, including four silver and seven bronze. Only 12 medals, including three silver and eight bronze, were won by the men.
Before Rafiatu Folashade Lawal outsmarted her competitors to take the top spot in the 59kg division, Adijat Adenike Olarinoye set the tone for Nigeria by winning the gold medal in the weightlifting 55kg category.
Women’s freestyle wrestling saw victories by the quartet of Miesinnei Mercy Genesis (50 kg), Blessing Oborududu (57 kg), and Odunayo Adekuroye (57 kg), while Oluwatobiloba Amusan won the women’s long jump gold medal before motivating the trio of Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Grace Nkwocha to victory in the women’s 4X100m relay.
Other gold medalists include Ese Brume in the long jump, Chioma Onyekwere and Goodness Nwachukwu in the women’s discus throw, Eucharia Iyiazi in the women’s shot put, and Folashade Oluwafemiayo in the women’s heavyweight para powerlifting.
ipledge2nigeria commends all the competitors for putting up a respectable showing against the finest at the Commonwealth Games. We applaud the athletes for representing the nation with pride despite extreme challenging circumstances. We also applaud the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for their proactiveness in rewarding the medalists with cash prizes.