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C’Games: Oyema Breaks World Record Again As Nigeria Dominate P’lifting

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C’Games: Oyema Breaks World Record Again As Nigeria Dominate P’lifting

Nigeria on Tuesday claimed four gold and two silver in the para powerlifting competition of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, with Esther Oyema breaking her world record to secure a third consecutive Commonwealth title.

Oyema, who arrived on the Gold Coast boasting a world record of 126kg she set in the lightweight category at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, lifted 131kg to give her a total of 141.6 points to claim gold and set a new world record.

Three-time Paralympic Games gold medallist (2004, 2008, 2016) Lucy Ejike snatched 133kg to tally 134.1 points to seal silver.

Rio 2016 Paralmypic Games gold medallist Ndidi Nwosu won gold in the women’s heavyweight with 110.4 points with clean lifts of 110kg and 120kg.

England’s Louise Sugden bagged silver with 89.2kg while Kenya’s Joyce Njuguna settled for bronze with a 89.0kg lift.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist dethroned his compatriot Roland Ezuruike to win Nigeria’s first gold at Gold Coast 2018 after lifting 188kg and 194kg to amass a total of 224.3 points in the men’s lightweight final.

Kehinde, who won the gold medal at Glasgow 2014 and Rio 2016 Paralympics after smashing the world record twice with a lift of 220kg, picked up silver after garnering 219.9 points.

The 29-year-old, who broke his own record of 220kg with a lift of 220.5kg at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Mexico in 2017 and progressed to break the record at the 2018 Fazza World Cup in Dubai in February with a lift of 221kg, lifted 211kg in his first attempt but failed to cleanly lift 221kg in his second attempt.

Dubai 2014 world champion, Abdulazeez Ibrahim lifted 220kg to secure a score of 191.9 points to win the men’s heavyweight category. Malaysia’s Jong Yee Khie (188.7) won silver and India’s Sachin Chaudhary (181.0) took bronze.

Meanwhile, D’Tigers ended their campaign in the basketball event of the Games winless after Scotland beat them 66-61 to smash their hopes of landing in the semifinals in their qualifying fixture.

Nigeria, who had earlier lost to New Zealand, Australia and Canada in the competition, lost 16-23, 12-17 in the first two quarters before rallying back to win the third quarter 18-6.

Although Ike Diogu emerged as the top scorer in the match with 24 points and 15 rebounds, God’sgift Achiuwa earned the plaudits of the crowd for his contribution, which earned D’Tigers eight points.

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