Reigning African Games and African Championships champion, Chioma Onyekwere saved her best for the last major competition of the year to make history as the first Nigerian woman to win the Commonwealth Games gold in the Discus Throw event.
ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF!
COMMONWEALTH CHAMPION ‼️ pic.twitter.com/Z4FWnlTKAn
— Chioma Onyekwere (@cicionyekwere) August 3, 2022
Onyekewere, 28, threw 61.70m in her fourth attempt to take the lead from home girl, Jade Lally who led from the start of the competition with her opening throw of 57.33m.
🥇 What did Chioma Onyekwere just do?
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The Nigerian who opened with 55.82m knew she needed more than the 58.19m she threw to win the African Championships gold last June in Mauritius.
🇳🇬 Nigeria's Chioma Onyekwere came first in the women's discuss throw over 🏴 England's Jade Lally and fellow countryman 🇳🇬 Obiageri Amaechi on the 5th day of the Commonwealth Games 👏 pic.twitter.com/NtXqrCuCS3
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) August 2, 2022
African champion @cicionyekwere is the 2022 Commonwealth champion with a season’s best of 61.70m.
Her 🇳🇬 teammate Obiageri Amaechi claims the bronze medal with 51.99m. pic.twitter.com/sVCwifLTUg
— Best Choice Sports (@BCSports5) August 2, 2022
She responded without success in the second round with a 56.42m effort, fouled the third attempt before swinging the discus to a personal season’s best mark of 61.70m, her second best career mark after the 63.30m personal best she threw last year at the CVEATC, Chula Vista in California, USA.
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.