Team Nigeria won their first set of medals on Monday when the table tennis men’s team finished as runners-up to India in the event and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi winning silver in the Shot Put event.
The table tennis team, comprising of Bode Abiodun, Olajide Omotayo and Segun Toriola, lost 3-0 to India in the final to settle for silver.
Abiodun lost the first match 3-1 (4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9) to Sharath Achanta while Toriola also suffered a 3-1 (10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4) defeat to Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in match 2.
In the doubles event, the pair of Abiodun and Omotayo lost in straight sets 11-8, 11-5. 11-3 to Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.
They had defeated Belize and Malaysia in group games and Australian and England in the knockout stages, but were thumped in the final by the Indians who successfully carted away the gold.
In the shot put event, Enekwechi set a new personal record after throwing a distance of 21.14m to clinch second place and win silver for Nigeria.
He came behind New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh who won gold in the event after throwing a distance of 21.41m – a new game record.
Tim Nedow from Canada came third with a distance from 20.19, while, Nigeria’s Eke Kalu finished 12th in the finals with a throw of 17.86m.
Meanwhile, Nigeria could not make a mark in the men’s 100m sprint as athlete Seye Ogunlewe finished fourth in the final.
Ogunlewe recorded a personal season’s best time of 10.19 seconds to finish behind Jamaican athlete, Yohan Blake; while the other Nigerian, Enoch Adegoke, finished seventh with a time of 10.35 seconds.
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