It wasn’t a very good day for Staff Nigeria on Day 4 of motion on the ongoing Commonwealth Video games at Birminghamas just one bronze medal received added to the nation’s whole haul on Monday.
The indicators of what the day might seem like got here in the course of the morning session on the Coventry Area within the Males’s 66kg elimination Spherical 16 Judo occasion.
Edwin Peter, regardless of having excessive hopes of constructing it to the rostrum, watched helplessly as his world crashed like a pack of playing cards a couple of minutes into his battle towards Northern Eire’s Nathon Burns.
The Nigerian fighter was devastated as he didn’t advance into the quarter finals of the occasion in a disappointing style.
Burns actually knocked Peter out, which known as Ippon in Judo (when an opponent’s again is thrown to the mat with appreciable power and pace).
The event noticed the few Nigerian followers and journalists that made it to the Coventry Area put on unhappy faces to the Nationwide Exhibition Middle that might host the remaining occasions the nation’s contingent was to participate in on Monday.
Glimmer of hope
The subsequent cease was the ladies’s weightlifting 64kg occasion the place 19-year-old Islamiyat Adebukola Yusuf was in motion alongside an extended record of expertise lifters from throughout the Commonwealth international locations.
In an occasion the place the Video games Document saved crumbling, Yusuf did simply sufficient to make it to the rostrum with a mixed whole raise of 212kg from each the Snatch and Clear & Jerk classes
She thus received Nigeria’s 4th medal on the Championships clinching Bronze within the extremely aggressive occasion.
Weightlifting has been the medal money cow of Staff Nigeria in Birmingham for now with a medal coming from over 60% of the occasions Nigerian weightlifters have entered for.
After the glimmer of hope served by Yusuf, Staff Nigeria didn’t have it any good within the remaining occasions for the day.
Within the Boxing occasion, Nigeria’s Harmless Ehwarieme misplaced his Spherical 16 Gentle Heavyweight bout to England’s Aaron Bowen.
The English boxer who had the vociferous residence followers cheering him on received the competition 5-0 (on factors) and superior to the quarterfinals.
Within the males’s Desk Tennis crew occasion, the technically sound Indians beat Nigeria 3-0.
The trio of Aruna Quadri, Olajide Omotayo, and Bode Abiodun had no solutions to what the Indians threw at them, shedding the doubles and two singles occasions performed
India received the Doubles 3-0, the primary Singles match 3-1, and the second Singles 3-1 to progress to the ultimate the place they’ll face Singapore.
As for Nigeria, they’ve their work properly reduce out as they encounter England within the bronze medal match on Tuesday.
Nigeria’s hopes of at the very least ending the day on a brilliant notice had been shattered within the ladies’s 71kg weightlifting occasion the place Pleasure Eze was solely a shadow of her ordinary self.
Eze had a depressing outing after she didn’t get a single mark within the Clear & Jerk session.
She was in second place after the Snatch, lifting a weight of 100kg.
Nonetheless, she didn’t raise all three makes an attempt of 125kg within the Clear & Jerk, which noticed her miss out on a medal place.
A disillusioned Eze left the venue, realizing she had ‘conveniently’ lifted heavier marks within the buildup to the Commonwealth Video games.
Having received two medals, a gold, and a bronze on Day 3, Nigeria hoped to construct on that momentum, however that wasn’t the case on Monday.
Regardless of the poor returns of medals on Monday, Nigeria nonetheless occupies one of many top-10 positions.
South Africa with 5 gold, three silver, and 4 bronze medals stays the best ranked African crew on the medals desk within the fifth place.
Staff Nigeria will hope for medals with the athletics occasions beginning on Tuesday and with representations within the weightlifting, judo, desk tennis, and boxing occasions.
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