August, 11 2023.
Team Nigeria sprinters fetched three (3) more Gold medals and a Silver medal on Thursday, which catapulted the country to fifth (5th) on the overall medal table of the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), holding in the Port of Spain, Capital of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ogazi Samuel Uchenna won the 200 meters Gold in an impressive time of 21.22 Secs, while his compatriot, Okon Israel Sunday narrowly missed making it to the podium by placing fourth in a time of 21.95 Secs.
It was Gold and Silver in the women's 200 meters final with Faith Okwuose who had won the 100 meters Gold on Wednesday, taking the Gold Medal in a time of 23:36, while Justina Eyakpobeyan got the Silver when finishing second :09 Secs slower.
The quartet featuring Faith and Justina, Samuel and Okon then set a new games record, when winning the 4 x 100 meters mixed relay Gold medal in a time of 42:68 Secs, just ahead of England and host country Trinidad and Tobago, who settled fo Silver and Bronze respectively.
Nigeria is currently 5th on the overall medal table, one spot adrift of Africa's best performing nation, South Africa who got 7 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze medals to place 4th behind Scotland, who are 3rd with 12 Gold, 11 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.
England lie 2nd with 16 Gold, 23 Silver and 10 Bronze medals, while Australia maintains a comfortable lead at the summit of the log, with 26 Gold 17 Silver and 21 Bronze medals.
Africa's third best performing team at the Games is Kenya, and the East African nation are 6th, one spot below Nigeria in the overall medal table, with 5 Gold, 4 Silver and no bronze medal.
www.ckdmedia.ng reports that this is the seventh edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), and Nigeria is being represented by 25 youngsters. The games which began on August 4th, will come to a close on Saturday.