Team Nigeria have begun raking up the medals at the ongoing 12th All Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco despite a slow start.
As at the time of writing this report, Nigeria ended Day 11 with 33 medals (10 gold, 11 Silver, 12 Bronze) and are ranked 6th on the medals table.
The first haul of gold medals came from Taekwondo, Badminton Mixed Team event, Women’s 3×3 Basketball and the men’s 55kg weightlifting.
The 6 silver medals were won in the men and Women’s team Table Tennis, Women’s 45kg Clean and Jerk and Women’s 49kg Clean and Jerk and the men’s 55kg while 11 Bronze medals were won in Taekwondo, Double mixed Table Tennis, men’s 3×3 basketball and weightlifting.
It will be recalled that Ruth Chinazum Nwosu clinched Nigeria’s 1st gold medal after defeating Morocco’s Oumaima El Bouchti in the women’s 49-53kg category in Taekwondo with a 26-22 victory last week.
The Badminton team of Eneojo Joseph Abah and his wife, Peace Orji-Abah, ranked Africa’s Number 2 in the Mixed Doubles defeated African reigning Champions K. Mammeri and Linda Mazri of Algeria 21-16, 18-21, 19-21.
Africa’s number one, Anuoluwapo Opeyori, defeated Algeria’s Medel.Y.Sabri 23-21, 21-11 to make it 2-0 for Nigeria while the Women’s singles reigning Queen Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan conquered Boukhsani Halla 21-13, 21-14 to give Nigeria a 3-0 victory.
Similarly, Nigeria’s weightlifter, Adijat Olarinoye also set a new record in the 55 kg women event, lifting 116 kg in the clean and jerk as Nigeria clinched 3 Gold and 3 Silver medals in weightlifting.
Interestingly, Nigeria’s men’s volleyball team recorded their first victory at the African Games beating Cape Verde 3-1 at the Bouazzaoui Indoor Sports Centre in Morocco.
They overcame a loss in the first set to beat Cape Verde 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 on Day 2 of competition. Morocco had earlier beaten Nigeria in their opening game.
Grace Anigbata, the African Championship champion in the Triple Jump, continued to dominate the discipline on the African soil after she added the African Games GOLD to her haul. She soared to a distance of 13.76m to clinch the win.
Dotun Ogundeji announced himself to Africa with a class performance in the men’s Discus. The thrower reached a mark of 57.82m to win Silver for Nigeria in the event. Egypt’s Shehab Ahmed claimed victory with 59.29m.
National Champion in the 100m Usheoritse Itsekiri qualified with the fastest overall time in the second semis of the men’s 100m, racing to a time of 10.25. Raymond Ekevwo barely broke a sweat in Heat three of the semis, stopping the clock in 10.26s. Seye Ogunlewe clocked 10.45 to place 4th in Heat 1 of his semis.
Olympic Silver medalist Blessing Okagbare’s wait for an individual GOLD medal in the 100m at the African Games continued, as the sprinter got disqualified for a false start in Heat 1 of the women’s 100m semis. Marie Jose Ta Lou eventually won the race in 11.36s.
Also, African Championships Bronze medalist Joy Udo-Gabriel continued her meteoric rise to the top of athletics with a dominant display in Heat 3 of the semis, clocking 11.47s to qualify for the final.
Nigeria’s last representative in the women’s semi’s, Aniekeme Alphonsus placed 4th with a 11.82s clocking in her semis, as she also qualified for the finals.
The final of both men and women’s 100m comes up on August 27th.
Chidi Okezie’s debut at the African Games started on a bright note, as the quarter miler won his Heat in 46.65s. Orukpe Eraiyokan (46.94) and Emmanuel Ojeli (46.48) also qualified for the semis set to take place tomorrow.
In the women’s 400m, Africa U18 double champion Favour Ofili (52.20) ran the overall fastest time in the Heats to qualify for the semis, while the duo of Patience Okon-Geroge (53.55) and Amarachukwu Obi (55.24) also qualified from their Heats.
Nigeria’s only athlete in the 800m, Edose Ibadin qualified for the semis, finishing 3rd in his race with a time of 1:50.46.
In Decathlon, Samuel Osadolor finished 4th in the High Jump with a mark of 1.76m, and then 3rd in the 400m with a Season’s Best of 49.94s.
Egypt lead with 27 gold 36 silver and 22 bronze while South Africa are 2nd with 23 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze while the hosts Morocco are 3rd with 13 gold 11 silver and 7 bronze medals.