Commonwealth Youth Games: Four Nigerians Secure Spots In 200m Finals

Currently positioned eighth on the medal table with three gold and one silver medal, Nigeria is determined to conclude their participation in the ongoing Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in Trinidad & Tobago on a high note this Thursday evening.

Among the budding athletes, four have advanced to the finals of the 200m events, equally divided between men’s and women’s races, scheduled to unfold at the Hasely Crawford Stadium later tonight.

In the men’s 200m final, Okon Israel Sunday and Ogazi Samuel Uchenna will proudly represent Nigeria. Ogazi, who already seized a gold medal through his impressive performance in the 400m event, clocking an astounding 46.99 seconds, is aiming for a second gold. His victory marked a considerable gap ahead of the silver medalist, Guyana’s Austin Malachi, who completed the race in 47.97 seconds. England’s Buck Alexander secured the bronze with a time of 48.20 seconds.

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Ogazi’s ambition for another gold is met with tough competition from the fellow finalists, especially his compatriot Okon, who holds the season’s best time of 20.99 seconds among the contenders.

Turning to the women’s 200m final, Okwose Faith and Eyakpobeyan Justina are set to uphold Nigeria’s reputation in what promises to be a thrilling race. Okwose, the dominant favorite, clinched the gold medal in the 100m and aims for a sprint double. However, she must keep an eye on her compatriot Eyakpobeyan, who secured a silver medal in the 100m event.

Team Nigeria’s presence at the Games, hosted in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, consists of 25 athletes aged between 14 and 18 years.

As of the current update, Australia is leading the medal tally with 18 gold, 14 silver, and 16 bronze medals. Following closely is England with 15 gold, 17 silver, and seven bronze medals. South Africa, the highest-performing African nation at the Games, holds fourth place with six gold, four silver, and seven bronze medals. Nigeria maintains the eighth spot on the medals table with three gold and one silver medal.

Chidalu Glory

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