5 Oct 2010

Nigeria claim the first gold at 2010 Commonwealth Games

12:18 am on 5 October 2010

The Nigerian weightlifter, Augustina Nwakolo, scooped the first gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, dashing the host's hopes of claiming it for themselves.

The 17-year-old won the women's 48kg category, which she secured with Games records in both the snatch and clean and jerk for a total of 175kg.

India's hopes rested on Soniya Chanu's shoulders, but she failed to match the Nigerian and had to settle for silver with 167kg, ahead of compatriot Sandhya Rani Devi, who managed a combined 165kg.