By Bobby Charles
Nigeria moved to the third position on the medal table after Day Three at the ongoing CAA 20th African Senior Championships in Durban, South Africa, after winning two gold, one silver and five bronze medals.
Team Nigeria only won two bronze medals after two days of the competition, but everything changed on the third day after Nwanneka Okwelogu pipped her teammates, Chinwe Okoro and Chioma Onyekwere to the gold medal in the women’s discus throw, an event the country made a clean sweep.
Okwelogu won with distance of 56.75m to dethroned defending champion, with Okoro who had to settle for the silver medal with a throw of 55.67m. Onyekwere completed the clean sweep of medals for the country with the bronze medal throwing 53.91m.
Okoro won the last edition in Morocco, with Okwelogu finishing as runners up, but it was a reversal of fortune in Durban, South Africa.
Stephen Mozia won the country’s first two medals, a pair of bronze medals in the men’s Shot put and Discus throw on the first day and second day of the competition.
It was two bronze medals for Nigeria in the 400m, with Patience Okon-George picking bronze medal in the women’s 400m while Chidi Okezie achieved same result in the men’s 400m final.
Defending champions of the women’s long jump, Ese Brume, quickly followed suit as she retained her title with a jump of 6.57m.