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C’Wealth Games history maker Onyekwere revels in new status

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Nigerian athlete, Chioma Onyekwere has expressed delight over her winning of a gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games on Tuesday night.

The reigning African Games and African Championships champion became the first Nigerian woman to win the Commonwealth Games gold in the Discus Throw event.

The 28-year-old threw 61.70m in her fourth attempt to take the lead from England’s Jade Lally who led from the start of the competition with her opening throw of 57.33m.

Onyekwere had opened with 55.82m. She then threw 56.42m in the second round, fouled the third attempt before swinging the discus to a personal season’s best mark of 61.70m as she went on to finish tops and clinch the gold in the event.

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She took to her Twitter account and celebrated herself.

Team Nigeria made further history by producing two medallists in the Discus Throw event for the first time with reigning Nigerian champion, Obiageri Amaechi winning the bronze medal with her 56.99m fifth round effort.

Onyekwere has now become the second Nigerian after Adewale Olukoju to win the Discus Throw title for Nigeria in the history of the championships.

Olukoju threw 62.62m to win in Auckland in 1990.

All focus will now shift to the men’s and women’s 100m semifinal on Wednesday, the men’s high jump and the women’s shot put final.

Team Nigeria so far has bagged 7 medals at the ongoing Games in Birmingham.

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