The action in the pool and on the track was where it was at, medal-wise, with nine swimming gold and eight athletics gold up for grabs. Australians smashing the medal tally once again to gain a clear lead, whilst Nigeria made a clean sweep of Para Powerlifting gold.
Nigeria’s Clean Sweep
Nigeria dominated the Para Powerlifting competition, with a gold medal win in all four disciplines. Roland Ezuruike claimed gold in the men’s lightweight final with 224.3 points, whilst fellow Nigerian Paul Kehinde picked up silver and English Ali Jawad took home the bronze.
Esther Oyema claimed gold in the women’s lightweight final and broke the world record score with a lift of 141.6 points. Compatriot Lucy Ejike claimed silver with 134.1 points and England’s Zoe Newson took home bronze with 106.1 points.
Ndidi Nwosu secured gold in the women’s heavyweight final with her score of 110.4 and Abdulazeez Ibrahim finished his nation’s gold overhaul in the event winning the heavyweight final with 191.9 points.
Surprise Gold for Grenada
Lindon Victor became Grenada’s second gold medallist at a Commonwealth Games with a surprise win in the men’s decathlon. He benefited from his strong discus and javelin throws, and the withdrawal of defending champion Canada’s Damian Warner to win with 8303 points.
In his last T34 1500m event, GC2018 Ambassador Kurt Fearnley was devasted when he was edged away from the gold medal by less than two-tenths of a second. Wheelchair racer Alexandre Dupont of Canada was like a rocket from the back of the field with 500m to go, taking the lead to win Canada’s first gold medal in the athletics program. Speaking to media after the race, Fearnley took the opportunity to remind fans what the Commonwealth Games is all about.
“I think that tomorrow maybe we can go back to work and speak to your co-workers about getting more people with disabilities in there or your education facilities or public transport,” he said.
“We are doing it as a team, Australian team, Commonwealth Games, we are getting people with all experiences of life and celebrating it.
“There’s a lot of people with disabilities out there that haven’t been given the privileges that I have. This right here is a success. Let’s remind ourselves of that and what the real purpose is.”