By Oni Ladonette
Ngadja Nyabeyeu Junior has won Cameroon’s first Gold medal in the ongoing Commonwealth games in Birmingham- England.
The athlete excelled in the 190kg men’s weightlifting to bag first place worthy of Gold.
The 29-year-old lifted the 160kg in a snatch before adding a further 201kg to narrowly cruise pass silver medalist Jack Opeloge of Samoa by just three kilograms.
“That was the first Gold medal for Cameroon in Birmingham, in any sports, first medal of any color,” he explained.
The athlete who claimed the very first success for the nation is overwhelmed by this big win and could not hold himself for such an achievement .
“It’s big, very big for me, for my family. I was crying because it was too much for me, too much to take in. I am very happy,” he continued.
With this win, Cameroon is place 16th in the world medal standings, and fourth in Africa.
A few days are left for the competition which opened on July 28. Prior to this big win, runner Emmanuel Eseme qualified for the semi finals in the 100m race , after finishing second at 10.08, one second behind first place Ferdinand Omanyala from Kenya at 10.07.
About eight athletes from team Cameroon have bowed out of the 2022 Commonwealth games, with the latest being Omgba Fouda Eric in the 100kg judo category.
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