Sprinters disappoint as Nigeria fails to pick up a medal


Team Nigeria saw their hot run come to an end on the Commonwealth Games Day 6 as they failed to pick up a single medal on the day.

In the men’s 100m, Favour Ashe failed to reach the final after he was ranked ninth overall in the semifinals. Raymond Ekevwo and Godson Brume both also failed to qualify for the final which was won by Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala.

In the women’s 100m, the duo of Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha reached the final but finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah won the event.

In the men’s 400m, the trio of Nathaniel Ezekiel, Dubem Amene and Sikiru Adeyemi all qualified for the semifinals. In the women’s category, Patience Okon-George narrowly qualified for the semifinals as compatriot Knowledge Omovoh missed out on a place in the semis.

In the men’s high jump, Nigerian champion Mike Edwards finished in sixth place after he failed to clear the 2.22m mark. His best at the event was 2.19m and it was not enough to earn him a medal at the event.

In the Table Tennis & Para-Table Table events, the Nigerian players who were at the tables on the Commonwealth Games Day 6 recorded some good wins in their Singles Group matches, to put themselves in a good position going into the next round.

Ekiti-born Esther Oribamise won two matches in Group 3 of the women’s Singles, beating Vanuatu’s Roanna Abel 4-0 in her first match and Sadia Rahman from Bangladesh 4-0 in her second match.

Also securing two victories each were Nasiru Sule and Isau Ogunkunle who got two crucial wins in the men’s Singles Classes 3-5, Group 1 and group 2 respectively.

Sule opened his account with victory over Canada’s Muhammad Mudassar, winning the match by 3-0. He followed it up with another victory, beating England’s Jack Hunter-Spivey 3-2.

Ogunkunle on his part followed suit in group 2, first with a 3-0 win over England’s Dan Bulle, and then made it two wins in two, beating India’s Raj Aravindan Alagar 3-1 to secure his spot in the next round of the Para Table Tennis competition.

In the women’s Middleweight boxing category, Jacinta Umunnakwe is assured of a medal after she qualified for the semifinals at the Commonwealth Games Day 6 following the failure of her quarterfinal opponent, Mele Ula, to show up.



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