The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is currently underway in Australia. As expected, the selected athletes from all the commonwealth countries did not come to play. South Africa’s Caster Semenya showed off all her black girl magic and more as she set a new national record. Semenya who dominated from start to finish in the Women’s 1500 metres final held at the Carrara Stadium, beat the 4 min 01.81 secs record by Zola Budd in 1984. Caster Semenya ended fabulously with a new gold medal under her belt in the time of 4 min 00.71 secs. Beatrice Chepkoech who competed in the same race as Caster, won silver for Kenya.
Mzansi sprinting duo Akani Simbine and Henrico Bruintjies also made the motherland proud. Simbine and Bruintjies won a gold and silver medal in the men’s 100m final, they finished in first and second place respectively.
Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa from Mauritius also won silver in the women’s 48kg weightlifting category.
Botswana’s Isaac Makwala won gold in the 400m men’s race. His fellow country man Baboloki Thebe walked away with a silver medal.
The Nigerian para powerlifters also made history! Ndidi Nwosu (women’s heavyweight), Roland Ezuruike (men’s lightweight), Esther Oyema (women’s lightweight) and Abdulazeez Ibrahim (men’s heavyweight) have all placed first in their respective categories.