Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games | Day-6 Highlights | Nigeria Win Gold, Bronze In Discus
Chioma Onyekwere is ecstatic after winning the women’s discus gold on her debut appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, after missing out on the recent World Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA last month.
The 28-year-old African champion won gold late on Tuesday with a season’s-best throw of 61.70m, edging out England’s Jade Lally, while fellow Nigerian Obiageri Amaechi settled for bronze.
Onyekwere’s feat saw her become the second African woman to win the Commonwealth discus gold, after South Africa’s Elizna Naude in Melbourne in 2006.
Meanwhile, another Nigeria, Goodness Chiemere Nwachukwu, also set new Commonwealth Games records twice in Para-Discus Throw, finishing 36.56m t clinch the gold medal in her category.
England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Scotland’s Eilish McColgan earned hugely popular Commonwealth Games gold medals on the loudest night yet at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
Johnson-Thompson’s win marks the former world champion’s return to the top of an international podium after three years of injury and coaching changes.
She finished on 6,377 points, 144 clear of Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Connor. McColgan’s victory marks her first major title at the age of 31.
Her triumph also follows in the footsteps of her mother Liz, who won the same title at Edinburgh in 1986 and Auckland in 1990.
Bethany Firth took Northern Ireland’s first Commonwealth gold in the pool – and the nation’s first at Birmingham 2022 – between victories for Scotland’s Duncan Scott and England’s Ben Proud. Six-time Paralympic champion Firth added Commonwealth gold to her collection in the 200m freestyle S14.
Earlier, Scott beat English rival Tom Dean to 200m individual medley gold.
Proud won the 50m freestyle before Dean finally claimed a relay gold after six silvers in Birmingham.
It was Proud’s third successive Commonwealth title in the event and he won ahead of compatriot Lewis Burras.
England’s Gina Kennedy won squash gold on her Commonwealth Games debut to cap her meteoric rise in the sport.
The 25-year-old beat Canada’s Hollie Naughton 11-7 11-5 12-14 11-5 to become the first Englishwoman to win a Commonwealth squash singles title. Kennedy, a Harvard graduate, rose from a world ranking of 185th to the top 10 in less than a year and reached her highest ranking of eighth in July.
Pensioner Rosemary Lenton, 72, heads home as Scotland’s oldest ever Commonwealth Games gold medal winner after helping her country win the Para women’s pairs bowls.
But the Dumfries pensioner, 73 later this month, heads home as Scotland’s oldest ever Commonwealth Games gold medal winner after helping her country win the Para women’s pairs bowls. Lenton, who was making her debut at the Games, is also believed to be the oldest gold medal winner in the history of the event.
England’s Emily Campbell adds Commonwealth gold to her weightlifting medal haul with a record-breaking performance at Birmingham’s NEC. Emily Campbell claimed weightlifting gold in the women’s +87kg category at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The 28-year-old set a new personal best and Games record of 124kg in the snatch portion of the event, three kilograms clear of reigning champion Feagaiga Stowers of Samoa.
Scotland claims an astonishing four gold medals – and six in total – during less than four hours of incredible Commonwealth Games drama in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Para-bowlers Pauline Wilson and Rosemary Lenton started the rush, the latter becoming Scotland’s oldest gold medallist at the age of 72.
Then, Sarah Adlington retained her +78kg judo title and became Scotland’s first ever double judo gold medallist, before swimmer Duncan Scott added his second gold with a Games record in the 200m individual medley.
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World champion Evie Richards produces a commanding ride to take gold in the women’s mountain bike cross-country event.
The Englishwoman, 25, hit the front early in the seven-lap race and maintained her lead to finish 47 seconds clear.
Australia’s Zoe Cuthbert took silver, with South Africa’s Candice Lill collecting the bronze medal.
Scotland’s Isla Short finished just outside the medals in fourth.
Adlington, 35, won the title at Glasgow in 2014 and, after judo was left out of the Gold Coast event in 2018, triumphed again in Birmingham.
“Anything other than gold would have felt like a disaster,” Adlington said. –
England’s Jamal Petgrave and Emma Reid also won gold in a successful evening for the British nations on Wednesday.
Lally added that she was “unsponsored, unfunded, and now out of options” despite her success in Birmingham.
She said she needs £2,000 to compete in Leiria, Portugal, this weekend. “I am asking for help in raising this money as I simply have nothing left,” she wrote.
Scotland are guaranteed at least three bronze medals in boxing after Reese Lynch, Sam Hickey, and Sean Lazzerini all win their quarter-finals at Birmingham’s NEC. Lynch defeated reigning Commonwealth Games champion Jonas Junias Jonas of Namibia in the men’s light-welterweight category and said he had been motivated after being dismissed beforehand by his opponent.
Hickey won European bronze earlier this year and stopped Adeyinka Benson of Nigeria in the third round of their contest before Lazzerini gained a unanimous win over Canada’s Keven Beausejour at light-heavyweight. McNaul also gained a 5-0 win over Keshani Hansika of Sri Lanka in their bout.
Nigeria’s Suwalbidu Galadima was disqualified for jumping the gun in the Men’s T45-T47 100m final thereby permitting Emmanuel Temitayo Oyinbo Coker, and Ola Abidogun, both of who are of Nigerian heritage but representing Egland to claim the gold and bronze medals respectively.