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.
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.
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Obiageri Amaechi, the defending champion from Nigeria, won the bronze medal with a throw of 56.99 meters in the fifth round, thereby cementing Team Nigeria’s legacy by producing two medalists in the Discus Throw competition for the first time.
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.
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