Nigerian Weightlifter Opens Commonwealth Games By Securing Gold

Teenage Nigerian weightlifter Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo won the first gold medal on day one of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The 17-year-old took top prize in the women's 48kg division and set a new Commonwealth record in the process by lifting 175kg as events lastly began after weeks of controversy surrounding Delhi's readiness to host the Games.

It's the first time India has hosted the competition between countries of the former British Empire and the build-up was conquered by negative headlines about the cleanliness of the athlete's village as well as poor construction.

Nwaokolo lifted 77kg in the snatch and 98kg in the clean and jerk to deny India's Soniya Chanu. The home beloved failed with two attempts at lifting the 103kg requisite to take gold.

In the men's 56kg category Malaysia's Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim won gold ahead of Sukhen Dey and Srinivasa Rao of India.

Ibrahim created a new Commonwealth Games record of 166kg to win his second gold after Manchester in 2002. He missed the Games in Melbourne four years ago owing to a doping ban.

In the pool, Kylie Palmer swam to gold for Australia in women's 200 meter freestyle ahead of Jazz Carlin, who protected Wales' first medal since 1974, while England's double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington stook bronze.

Australia claimed a one-two in the 200m individual medley with 18-year-old Alicia Coutts distressing her teammate, and favorite, Emily Seebohm.

South Africa's Chad Le Clos set a novel Games record as he pipped England's Michael Rock to gold in the men's 200m butterfly while Canada's Ryan Cochrane beat Australia's Ryan Napoleon by 11 hundredths of a second to claim the 400m freestyle. Australia struck gold another time when they clawed back the English team in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Away from the pool Australia also proved too good for the rest of the field in the artistic gymnastics team contest, as they finished three points clear of England to take gold.

After the opening day of competition, Australia tops the medals list with four gold's while South Africa, Canada, Nigeria and Malaysia all have one.

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