GLASGOW – Team Nigeria’s wrestlers Odunayo Adekuroye and Aminat Adeniyi on Wednesday in Glasgow, Scotland enhanced the country’s medals haul with their performances at the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
Both wrestlers immediately celebrated their achievement by singing and dancing round the venue of the event with the Nigerian flag.
Nigeria’s wrestlers have now won two gold, one silver and five bronze medals at the Games.
Adekuroye started the wrestling gold rush when she beat India’s Lalita Lalita to submission to win 5-0, while Adeniyi did not give Indonesian opponent Sakshi Malik any chance to come back.
She piled up points after points to romp into a 6-0 lead at the end of the first round.
The second round ended quicker as the Nigerian wrestler twisted and turned the Indonesian to amass additional four points to take her tally to 10 and grab the gold.
Adeniyi then showed off her dancing prowess as she took time off to dance to the admiration of the crowd.
Nigerian officials were not left out of the celebration as the team’s Chef de Mission, Gbenga Elegbeleye, also jumped and danced.
Maryam Usman was to further make it a night of celebration by winning gold in the weightlifting event, while Amas Daniel won bronze in the men’s 61kg category.
Usman capped a remarkable performance between her and Samoa’s Ele Opeloge, after both lifters started their snatch lifts at 115kg.
The Nigerian lifted 120kg and 125kg respectively, while the Samoan could not lift the 125kg, thereby allowing Usman to enter the clean and jerk with an edge.
The two later went on with 145kg, but it was Usman who led the way with 150kg and 155kg respectively.
Aware that the Nigerian had gone further, the Samoan opted to lift 151kg and heightened the tempo when she lifted it.
In her last lift, she called for 161kg so as to leapfrog the Nigerian.
But she could not make it as she only succeeded in the snatch but not in the jerk.
As her babel hit the ground, sporadic applause erupted from the Nigerian camp.(NAN)