Mike Edwards, Nigeria’s first male high jumper at the commonwealth games in over 50 years, took a walk down the memory lane just after securing a place in Nigeria’s sports history.
According to Mike Edwards, his last trip to Nigeria was devastating because he lost his older brother who was just 10, to sickle cell crisis battle. Here’s what he wrote;
My last trip to Nigeria was devastating…
I lost my older brother when he was 10, from a sickle cell crisis battle… Today, I’m proud to announce a new chapter for my family. I’ve officially been selected to represent Team Nigeria at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia 🇦🇺 Nigeria’s First Male High Jumper at the Commonwealth Games in 50+ YEARS!!! No words can describe how I feel right now, but I hope my brother is proud. 🇳🇬#blackhistorymonth
Mike Edwards, Nigeria’s first male high jumper at the commonwealth games in over 50 years, is not the only who is making history at the games; as Australian George Corones, who will celebrate his 100th birthday next month, shaved a good chunk of time off the 50-metre freestyle world record for his age group at this week’s Commonwealth Games trials.
The 99-year-old Victorian was the only competitor in the 100 to 104 years men’s masters category and set a time of 56.12 seconds for one length of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre pool, which will host the swimming at the April 4-15 Games.
Wednesday’s race was staged before the trials proper especially to allow Corones to attempt to break the 100-104 age group record of one minute 31.19 seconds set in 2014 by Briton John Harrison.
The Australian had been unable to claim previous short course masters world records because of the lack of automated operating equipment at the pool where he swam the times.
Corones told the ABC in 2013 that he swam as a youngster before World War II “stopped things”, returning to the sport at the age of 80.