Chioma Onyekwere, who is the reigning champion of both the African Games and the African Championships, saved her best performance for the final major competition of the year. As a result, she made history by becoming the first Nigerian woman to win gold in the Discus Throw competition at the Commonwealth Games. Onyekewere, who is 28 years old, took the lead in the competition after throwing 61.70 meters in her fourth attempt, surpassing home girl Jade Lally, who had been in the lead since the competition began with a throw of 57.33 meters. Chioma has been a trending topic across a variety of platforms ever since she won. Her name has taken over all of the top trends, which has piqued the interest of internet users everywhere. Let us check out the article below to learn more about her and other relevant details.
The Nigerian athlete, who began the competition in meters, was aware that she would need a better performance than her 58.19 meters in order to win the gold medal at the African Championships, which took place in Mauritius in June of last year. 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. 61.70 meters is her second-best career throw.
The defending champion from Nigeria, Obiager Amaechi, added to Team Nigeria’s already significant history by delivering two medalists in the Discus Throw competition. Amaechi won the bronze medal with a throw of 56.99 meters in the fifth round. Onyekwere is the second Nigerian athlete in the history of the competitions to ever win the Discus Throw title for Nigeria. The first Nigerian athlete to do so was Adewale Olukoju. With a distance of 62.62 meters, Olukoju won the Aukland competition in 1990.
About Chioma Onyekwere
Chioma was born in Michigan, in the United States, on June 28, 1994. She is a Nigerian track and field athlete who was born in the United States. As was just mentioned, her forte lies in the discus throw. The athlete has competed in the shotput and discus throw while representing Nigeria both on the collegiate level and internationally. 2015 was Maryland’s first year competing in the Big Ten Conference, and Onyekwere won her first collegiate medal during that year. After that, in 2016, she competed in the Weight Throw event at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championship and earned the silver medal. This was her last year competing.
Let us add that she competed for the senior national track and field team for Nigeria at one point in her life. At the 2016 African Championships in Athletics, which were held in South Africa, Onyekwere was given an invitation to compete. At the 2019 African Games held in Morocco, the athlete triumphed to take home the Gold Medal. She went on to break the Nigerian National Record for the discus throw with a throw of 63.30 meters in 2021, which she accomplished by throwing the discus. Continue to be in contact with us for further updates.