By Ben Efe, in New Delhi
Triple jumper, Tosin Oke raked in another gold medal for Nigeria as the athletics event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games ended yesterday, at the Jawahal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. This was just as Oyema Easter and Olaide Adesokan did their country proud by wining gold in the bench press of the power_ lifting event.
Oke took one right step to victory, and he had to watch and pray that the other jumpers did not surpass the 17.16m he recorded at his second attempt. He flunked the first jump, but he did everything right to land the winning jump.
Then after he failed to achieve another good jump, Just as India’s Meheswary Renjith landed 17.07 in his third attempt. However the greatest threat came from Cameroon’s Hugo Mamba who landed 17.14m in his final jump.
In the relays, Nigerian woman were not that golden.
The 4x400m gold was within reach of the precious medal, but the Indian quartet roared on by the home crowd, proved the banana peel for the Nigerian girls. Sade Abughan had started well and handed over to Margret Etim.
She gave Nigeria a 20m advantage in the second leg, but Bukola Abogunloko was the weak link, she squandered the lead at the 200m mark and India’s Chindananda Akkunjji gladly took over the driver’s seat, Ajoke Odumosu who anchored for Nigeria was simply helpless, she trotted to the silver. The women 4x100m suffered a misfortune of poor change over between Josephine Ehigie and Comfort Onyali and they did not place for a medal.
At the weightlifting venue Oyema was in a class of her own. She heaved a total of 148 points after three attempts. She left compatriots Joy Onolapo and Osamwenyobor Arasomwan to scramble for silver and bronze.
It was the same scenario in the men’s category. Adesokan lifted 215. 1 points to win the gold while Azunna Ulonnam (210.6 points) and Ikechukwu Obichukwu (196 points) settled for silver and bronze respectively.