Chioma Onyekwere, the current champion of the African Games and African Championships, kept her finest performance for the year’s final major tournament, becoming the first Nigerian woman to win gold in the Discus Throw event at the Commonwealth Games. In her fourth attempt, Onyekewere, 28, threw 61.70 meters, overtaking home girl Jade Lally, who had held the lead from the competition’s opening throw of 57.33 meters. Ever since the victory, Chioma is trending on multiple platforms. Her name has occupied all the top trends and has grabbed the attention of the netizens. Let us check about her and other details in the article below.
The Nigerian, who started with 55.82 meters, knew she would need more than her 58.19 meters to win the gold medal at the African Championships held in Mauritius last June. She attempted to rebound unsuccessfully in the second round with a throw of 56.42 meters, fouled the third attempt, and then swung the discus to a personal season’s best mark of 61.70 meters, which is her second-best career throw after the 63.30 meters personal best she threw at the CVEATC, Chula Vista in California, USA, last year.
Obiageri Amaechi, the defending champion from Nigeria, won the bronze medal with a throw of 56.99 meters in the fifth round, adding to Team Nigeria’s already significant history by delivering two medalists in the Discus Throw competition. After Adewale Olukoju, Onyekwere is now the second Nigerian to ever win the Discus Throw title for Nigeria in the history of the competitions. Olukoju won in 1990’s Aukland with a throw of 62.62 meters.
Born on June 28, 1994, in Michigan, United States, Chioma is an American-born Nigerian track and field athlete. As mentioned above, she specializes in the discus throw. The athlete has completed the shotput and discus throw both on the collegiate level and internationally representing Nigeria. Onyekwere won her first collegiate medal in 2015 in Maryland’s first season in the Big Ten Conference. Later, in 2016, she capped off her final Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championship by earning a Silver Medal in the Weight Throw.
Let us add that she was a member of the Nigerian Senior National Track and Field Team. Onyekwere was invited to compete in the 2016 African Championships in Athletics in South Africa. The athlete won the Gold Medal at the 2019 African Games in Morocco. She went on to break the Nigerian National Record for the discus throw with a throw of 63.30 meters in 2021. Stay connected with us for more updates.