Nigeria’s most recent outing in Athletics at the Commonwealth Games was at Glasgow 2014 where the country returned with seven medals – three GOLD, three Silver and a Bronze medal.

Blessing Okagbare was one of the standout performers in Glasgow where she became the first ever Nigerian to storm to the sprint double at the Commonwealth Games. She went on to set a Games Record of 10.85s to win the 100m, and then won the 200m in 22.25s.

Okagbare then ran a scorching second leg in the 4x100m, teaming up with Gloria Asumnu, Dominique Duncan and Lawretta Ozoh to win Silver behind Jamaica with a time of 42.92s.

Teammate Ese Brume stunned the women’s Long Jump field to win the title with her best leap of 6.56m, finishing ahead of England’s Jazmin Sawyers (6.54m) and Christabel Nettey of Canada (6.49m).

Tosin Oke also claimed Silver in the men’s Triple Jump (16.84m), with South Africa’s Khotso Mokoena taking the title with 17.20m.

Nigeria’s third Silver medal was gotten in the women’s 4x400m where Patience Okon-George, Regina George, Ada Benjamin and Folashade Abugan clocked a time of 3:24.71 as Jamaica struck GOLD in the event with a Games Record of 3:23.82.

Richard Okigbazi competed in the Discus throw (F42/44) where he took Bronze with his mark of 39.38m.

 

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.

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