Commonwealth Games: Nwachukwu wins gold in women’s Discus Throw

By: Gyang Dakwo

In continuation of Nigeria’s good fortunes, Goodness Nwachukwu won the country’s fourth gold medal at the current Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in a dramatic style, shattering records twice before claiming gold.

The 23-year-old, the only contestant from Nigeria in the Women’s Discus Throw, F42-44/61-64 competition, outperformed her rivals, breaking records with her first two throws.

Prior to Thursday, Nwachukwu had the F42 World Record with the best mark of 33.35m, but she increased that mark with her first throw of 34.84m and her subsequent throw of 36.56m.

The Alexander Stadium crowd erupted in resounding acclaim each time the Nigerian took the field, despite the fact that she was unable to throw farther on subsequent attempts.