Team Nigeria’s steady rise on the overall medals table at the ongoing African Games in Morocco has continued as the country has now jumped to the fourth spot following the successes recorded on Tuesday.
In what was a thrilling day for Team Nigeria, 8 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals were added to the country’s total haul in Morocco.
It was a clean sweep of medals for Nigeria in weightlifting for women. Rafiatu Lawal won the women’s 59kg (210kg), Clean-Jerk (117kg) and Snatch (93kg) to claim three gold medals.
Her compatriot, Joy Eze, replicated the same feat as she made it a hat trick of gold medals also having finished tops in the women’s 64kg (218kg), Clean-Jerk (121kg) and Snatch (97kg).
Away from weightlifting, athletics also provided Nigeria some glowing moments.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi erased Frank Elemba’s African Games record of 20.25m to set a new one of 21.48m, a mark which won him gold in the men’s Shot Put final.
The climax for Nigeria on Tuesday was when Raymond Ekevwo raced to become Africa’s fastest man; winning the 100m event with a time of 9.96secs.