Amusan Sets New Record, Wins Gold At Commonwealth Games

Tobi Amusan got another record-breaking gold medal for team Nigeria, this time at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Amusan lined up in the final as favourite for gold and there was no stopping her as she blazed to a new games record of 12.30 seconds to retain the 100m hurdles she won four years ago in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Devynne Charlton finished a distant second to win silver for the Bahamas while Cindy Sember whose father is Nigerian won bronze for Great Britain.

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‘Nerve-Racking’

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan celebrates winning and taking the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles final athletics event at the Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham on day ten of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, central England, on August 7, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP)

 

Despite winning the race comfortably, Amusan said she did not execute it to the best of her ability.

“Mentally, it was challenging. It was nerve-racking. You know, when I say I poorly executed race, I know when I execute smoothly,” she said.

“I think my first five hurdles weren’t it, but I was able to get myself together and regroup and do what I needed to do and I did just that’’.

She dedicated her latest gold medal to God, her support system which includes her family, supporters, and her Jamaican coach, Lacena Golding Clarke under whom she has been training since 2016.

The 25-year-old has been in blistering form in the past year, breaking the African 100 meters hurdles record three times in the past 10 months.

After narrowly missing out on the podium twice at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019 and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where she placed fourth on both occasions, Amusan finally struck gold at the World Championships in Oregon while setting a world record of 12.12 seconds in the semi-finals.

Amusan went even faster in the final race, clocking 12.06 seconds. However, her winning time is not recognised as a world record due to an illegal tailwind of 2.5 metres per second.

You Have Made Us Proud – Bello, Obaseki Congratulate Amusan On Historic Gold Win

A photo combination of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his Kogi counterpart, Yahaya Bello and athlete Tobi Amusan.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his Edo counterpart, Godwin Obaseki have congratulated Tobi Amusan on her historic gold win for Nigeria.

On Sunday, Amusan became the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Athletics Championship gold as she blazed to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Amusan, who had smashed the world record in the semi-final where she clocked 12.12 seconds, powered over the line at Hayward Field in an incredible 12.06 seconds.

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Governor Bello in a statement on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu, said the athlete’s excellent display has united the nation, bringing joy and excitement.

Amusan’s triumph, the governor stated, “would be an unforgettable memory and her tears of joy, represented hope, belief and faith in oneself and one’s nation despite facing daunting challenges both individually and as a nation.”

He called for the need to further encourage Nigeria’s “sporting heroes, across all levels that not only adorn our colours at every competitive stage but also go through several hurdles, rigorous training and challenges to ensure that the nation’s flag is raised in pride and honour.”

On his part, Governor Obaseki hailed Amusan for the stunning, rousing and inspirational performance at the global tournament and for showcasing the indomitable Nigerian spirit to the rest of the world.

“I heartily congratulate our track superstar, Tobi Amusan, on her enviable feat at the World Athletics Championship 2022, clinching gold at the global tournament and setting a new world record in the semifinals of the competition to become the first Nigerian to win a World Championship,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie.

“A worthy ambassador of the country, Amusan, a two-time African Games champion, has continued to blaze the trail, putting the nation on the global map for good.

“Her wizardry performance at the global competition, at the weekend, was a classic display of the dogged and indomitable Nigerian spirit. We are proud of her exploits and are even more confident that she will bring more glory to the country.”

Noting that the victory is an excellent inspiration to Nigerian youths to toe the path of hard work, Obaseki said his administration will sustain investment in the sports sector to create more opportunities for Edo youths.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari celebrated the 25-year-old for setting a new world record in the semi-finals of the athletic event and for becoming the first Nigerian to win a world championship.

PHOTOS: Emotions Run High As Nigeria’s Amusan Grabs Historic Gold

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan reacts as she sets a new world record in the women’s 100m hurdles semi-final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on July 24, 2022. Jewel SAMAD / AFP.

 

It was a mixed feeling of tears and excitement for Tobi Amusan after she stormed to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon, bagging Nigeria’s first gold medal in a World Athletics Championship.

Amusan, 25, blazed over the line at Hayward Field in 12.06sec, not long after she smashed the world record in an overwhelming semi-final where she clocked 12.12sec.

She delivered a jaw-dropping world record in the semis when she shattered the previous best mark of 12.20secs held by Keni Harrison of the United States since 2016.

Jamaica’s Britany Anderson and Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico settled for the silver and bronze medals after finishing the race behind Amusan.

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The Nigerian athlete, along with her two runners-up in the race, later proceeded to the podium where they received their medals.

The photos below captured Amusan’s emotional moments after winning a historic gold for her country…

NSF 2020: Edo, Bayelsa Team Win Gold In Cycling

Some of the cyclists participating at the National Sports Festival in Edo on April 9, 2021.

 

Edo and Bayelsa states have shared the gold medals available in the Team Time Trials event in cycling at the ongoing National Sports Festival decided at Irhirhi road in the outskirts of Benin City.

The Edo women’s quartet team led by Tombrapa Grikpa finished the 10km race in a time of 12mins, 02.14secs to win the gold medal.

Their closest rival, Delta with Ese Ukpereseraye as the lead settled for the silver after posting a time of 12 minutes, 16.48 seconds.

 

Oyo State Quartet which had Joke Durogbade as lead rider finished in a time of 12 minutes, 42.36 seconds to clinch bronze ahead of Plateau state.

Bayelsa State clocked 10 minutes, 25.99 seconds to win the men’s gold. Caleb Kalizibe made a difference as they finished ahead of Delta state which settled for Silver after returning in a time of 10 minutes, 29.42 seconds.

Edo recorded a time of 10 minutes, 29.49 seconds to finished third in the event that had 16 participating states.

Gold Is The Most Smuggled Mineral Out Of Nigeria – Minister

 

The Minister of Mines and Steel, Olamilekan Adegbite, has disclosed that gold is the most struggled mineral out of the country.

He said because gold has immediate value, most people have ventured into smuggling it.

The Minister revealed this on Monday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily.

“The people who smuggle these minerals out of Nigeria, take it through our borders, so part of our proposals is to strengthen the relationship between our ministry and the Ministry of Finance who supervises the Nigerian Customs Service.

“We have caught a few people trying to smuggle out gold because of its immediate value, it is the most smuggled mineral out of Nigeria”.

The minister, who linked part of the illegal mining and smuggling to Chinese personnel who come into the country as construction workers, emphasised the need for synergy between security agencies, especially from the Immigration Service and Customs.

“We are working also with the Ministry of Interior because most of these Chinese people that do illegal mining come into Nigeria through immigration. They have some sort of stay or work permit.

 

“They come in another guise and they find themselves in mining. So we are working with the Ministry of Interior, Immigration to make sure that there is a monitoring mechanism in place,” he stressed.

He further noted that his ministry is taking a multisectoral approach which has been approved by the ministry’s council.

“We are forming synergy with all these agencies so that we minimise all the loss from illegal smuggling,” he said.

Minister of Mines and Steel, Olamilekan Adegbite

 

The minister noted the importance of collaboration with these agencies to curb smuggling.

On the issue of Ajaokuta producing 2.2 million tonnes of liquid steel per annum, the minister said that the project is yet to commence.

He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier met with the Russian Government at the Russian African Summit where he appealed for some expatriates to come and help with the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Above $1,800 An Ounce, First Time Since 2011

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 09, 2004 gold bullion is displayed at Shinhan Bank in Seoul  . - A judge in London said Thursday the British government had "unequivocally recognised" opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president, in a battle over gold bullion held at the Bank of England. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP FILES / AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 09, 2004 gold bullion is displayed at Shinhan Bank in Seoul . – A judge in London said Thursday the British government had “unequivocally recognised” opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president, in a battle over gold bullion held at the Bank of England. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP FILES / AFP)

 

 

Gold reached above $1,800 an ounce Wednesday for the first time since 2011, with the precious metal benefitting from its haven status as the coronavirus outbreak triggers global economy fears.

Gold hit $1,800.86 an ounce around 0830 GMT on the London Bullion Market, the highest level in 8.5 years, as a weaker dollar also makes the metal priced in the US unit attractive to investors.

“It is little surprise that the original safe haven is continuing its rally,” said Carlo Alberto De Casa, chief analyst at ActivTrades.

“Investors are still buying stocks but it seems they want to be covered in case of any market correction.”

Neil Wilson, chief market analyst for Markets.com, said gold was winning support also thanks to fears of high inflation caused by central bank stimulus to prop up the global economy.

“The gold bull thesis rests not only on the requirement for safe assets given the economic uncertainty, but also longer term on fears of a surge in inflation caused by the massive increase in the money supply,” he said in a client note.

Gold’s record-high stands at $1,921.18 an ounce.

 

 

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Vietnam Opens World’s ‘First’ Gold-Plated Hotel

Staff wait to welcome guests in the lobby of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world's first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)
Staff wait to welcome guests in the lobby of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world’s first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

 

 

For guests at the “Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake” coffee comes in a gold cup and bath time is taken in gilded splendour.

The world’s first self-proclaimed gold-plated hotel is open for business — and the Vietnamese owners insist they have the Midas touch despite the cramping of global travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

The hotel cost $200 million to construct with a 24-carat plating across lobbies, an infinity pool and rooms with even cutlery, cups, shower heads and toilet seats receiving the golden treatment.

 

The sink and toilet bowl are seen in one of the rooms of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world’s first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

 

While expensive for Vietnam, at $250 a night it is not prohibitive for wealthy locals craving a few nights living like Donald Trump, the US President renowned for his love of all things that glitter.

The hotel wants “ordinary people to the super rich… to check-in” both physically and on social media, said Nguyen Huu Duong, chairman of Hoa Binh group that owns the hotel.

A gold-plated infinity pool overlooks the city, while meals at the 25-storey hotel in downtown Hanoi may be mixed with a mysterious “gold substance”, according to the owners.

So far, the smattering of customers appear to be delighted with Hanoi’s flashiest new digs.

Staff wait to welcome guests in the lobby of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world's first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)
Staff wait to welcome guests in the lobby of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world’s first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

 

“When I arrived here… I felt like a king, you know, the Pharaoh… the king of Egypt,” joked Phillip Park, a South Korean guest.

“I really enjoyed the luxury atmosphere,” added Vietnamese guest Luong Van Thuan, saying he felt his status had automatically been “raised”.

The relatively modest construction price tag was achieved by sourcing the gold plating locally — significantly reducing costs.

“Our group has a factory that can do gold-plated stuff, so the cost for our equipment and furniture here is quite cheap,” Duong said.

A staff member poses for a photograph inside the 1,000 USD per night executive two bedroom suite of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world's first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)
A staff member poses for a photograph inside the 1,000 USD per night executive two bedroom suite of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world’s first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

 

 

And the pandemic which has strafed global tourism has not put him off opening, with Vietnam winning praise for its swift lockdown which has contained the coronavirus spread.

“For sure next year, we will make money,” he added.

 

 

 

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30 Killed In Clashes In Chad’s Gold-Rush Region

Chad

 

More than 30 people have died in northern Chad after Arab fighters, crossing from neighbouring Libya, attacked miners in a region in the grip of a gold rush, rights activists said Sunday.

The clashes broke out on Thursday in the Kouri Bougoudi area of the Tibesti border region, the Chadian Convention for the Defence of Human Rights (CTDDH) said in a statement.

At least 30 gold miners were killed and more than 200 wounded, it said.

Abdul Aziz Youssouf Mustapha, a Chadian with the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), said the fighters attacked all “non-Arabs” who had come to Kouri Bougoudi in search of gold.

All miners were forced off the gold-mining area on Saturday, he said.

A military source confirmed that there had been fighting but did not give further details.

Many of the miners hailed from the Ouaddai region in central-eastern Chad. Sources among the Ouaddai community also confirmed there had been clashes in Kouri Bougoudi.

Kouri Bougoudi has been a theatre of violence since discoveries of gold were made there in 2012 and 2013.

Miners have rushed in from around Chad and abroad, leading to friction over access to lucrative sites.

The CTDDH accuses the government of orchestrating a takeover of the area by using Arab fighters.

The government has given authorisation to several mining companies to exploit the deposits.

In August, it carried out a military operation in the far north aimed at “clearing out” illegal miners and stopping cross-border incursions from Chadian rebels holed up in Libya.

AFP

Indian Officials Arrest Smugglers With Gold Hidden In Their Rectums

This file photo taken on August 24, 2017 shows the Indian Supreme Court building in New Delhi. PHOTO: SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP

Gold smugglers are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to get the metal past customs, Indian officials say, after nearly a dozen people were caught with bullion stashed in their rectums.

India is the world’s second-largest consumer of gold and smuggling has been increasing since duties were raised on the precious metal, an essential part of religious festivals and weddings.

Customs officials acting on a tip-off Sunday detained a group of crafty gold mules as their plane from Sri Lanka touched down in the southern city of Madurai.

“Eleven passengers had concealed some 32 to 50 grams (1.1 to 1.8 ounces) each in their rectums. Another 17 had hidden gold in their luggage,” a senior Directorate of Revenue Intelligence official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The value of the haul was more than 30 million rupees ($500,000), he added.

Demand for gold peaks in the final months of the year as the wedding season gets going and preparations are made for the major Hindu festivals of Diwali and Dussehra.

There has been a rise in smuggling since duties on gold were raised in 2013. But secreting the valuable metal inside a body cavity has really only caught on recently, officials say.

“It seems to be a new trend that has caught up in the last 7-8 months. Since the amounts of gold are not huge, it is easier for them to escape detection,” the customs official said.

The bars are usually wrapped in plastic and shaped like a battery to ease insertion and removal, he said.

“They stuff it in on boarding and then take it out so it is not uncomfortable during the flight. Just before disembarking the plane, they put it back there again,” he said.

“All this is done meticulously so as not to cause any bruise or injury.”

The World Gold Council estimates smuggling networks imported up to 120 tonnes of gold into India in 2016.

Bangladesh has emerged as a major route for smuggled bullion into neighbouring India, with authorities seizing a record 1.5 tonnes at airports in the past three years and arresting more than 100 people.

Smugglers have become more creative as their schemes have been uncovered, with authorities discovering gold bars sewn in clothes or hidden inside traffickers’ bodies and some using wheelchairs to conceal their illicit cargo.

AFP

Rio Olympics: Nadal And Lopez Win Gold For Spain

Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, French OpenSpanish tennis players, Rafa Nadal and Marc Lopez won the Olympic men’s doubles tennis title on Friday, after beating Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau to win gold for their country.

The Spanish duo beat Mergea and Tecau 6-2 3-6 6-4 to secure their country’s third gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Meanwhile, American duo Steve Johnson and Jack Sock beat Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-2 6-4 to clinch bronze.

Rio Olympics 2016: Phelps Wins 21st Gold Medal

Michael PhelpsOlympic legendary swimmer, Michael Phelps, on Tuesday, added his 20th and 21st Gold to his tally of Olympic Gold medals.

The American won Gold as he triumphed in the 200m butterfly and the 4x200m freestyle relay.

According to reports, the 31-year-old powered home to win the 200m butterfly in a time of 1:53.36 to avenge his London defeat rival, Chad le Clos while USA took gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

FG Seeks Partnership To Harness Solid Minerals

Solid Minerals-Kayode FayemiThe Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, says Nigeria can generate five trillion Naira annually ‎from mining and exporting of its vast solid mineral deposits.

Dr. Fayemi made the observation while in a meeting with other experts on Friday at the third Dr. John Agboola Odeyemi Lecture held at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

He expressed hope that the development would be accompanied with several multiplier effects on job creation and social infrastructure in various states across Nigeria.

The Minister added that Nigeria’s potentially most beneficial solid minerals such as: limestone, coal, diatomite, gold and silver among others were spread around the country.

He said it was necessary for the Federal, State and Local governments to partner with private investors, to harness the resources and turn it to a win-win situation for the nation.

In his speech at the event, Dr. Agboola, who was marking his 77th birthday, could not agree less with the Minister.

Other speakers at the event tagged ‘Harnessing Our Natural and Cultural Heritage for National Development’, were ‎the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Chairman of the occasion, Professor John Alo and a representative of the Vice Chancellor of OAU, Professor Omolayo Ajayi.