It had been showers of medals for Team Nigeria as the Nigerian team moved from Ground Zero to shoot into top 10 position as the Common Wealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia get into top gear on Tuesday.
Nigeria’s National Anthem was played repeatedly to the delight of the few officials, athletes and the Nigerian media at the games.
More so, the green-white-green Nigerian flag was soaring in the sky!
Not only did Nigeria win gold medals, a Nigerian gold medal winner, Esther Oyema broke a world record.
And the star athletes who achieved the golden moment for Team Nigeria are from Para-Powerlifting who have etched their names in gold.
Roland Ezuruike sparked the golden moment from the Men’s Lightweight where he dumped his compatriot, Paul Kehinde who was before now holding the record to the silver with a total lift of 224.3kg.
It was a glorious moment for a Nigerian in top two finish as Kehinde Paul settled for silver while England’s Jawad Ali took the bronze.
Thereafter, the women ran riot producing scintillating performances to give Team Nigeria two gold medals and a silver in another top two finish in the women’s lightweight category.
Oyema Esther snatched the gold after a horse-race with Ejike Lucy. Esther won gold and her compatriot, Lucy settled for silver while England was again condemned to bronze by the Nigerians.
The Nigerian dignitaries led by Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, NOC President Habu Gumel who was wearing two caps as an Executive member of the IOC and Tunde Popoola as well as Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola cheered gleefully the Nigerian history makers.
And when the Heavyweight Men stepped out, Ibraheem Abdulazeez powered into yet another lift that added gold to the treasury of Team Nigeria.
He left Malaysia and India to settle for silver and bronze medals respectively. With this sparkling performances, Team Nigeria, with four gold, four silver and two bronze medals shot into the ninth position on the medal’s table.
Only Nigeria and South Africa are the African countries on the medals’ table so far.