Four Nigerians – Adijat Adenike Olarinoye, Rafiatu Lawal, Edidiong Joseph Umoafia and Islamiyat Yusuf, have helped the Nigerian team place ninth on the medals table after clinching 2 Gold medals and 2 Bronze at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 22nd quadrennial commonwealth games kicked off in Birmingham, England, on Friday the 29th of July.

Adijat Adenike Olarinoye, first gold medalist and Commonwealth record holder at the games

Olarinoye, 22, lifted 92kg in the snatch (first of two lifts), and 111kg in clean & jerk (second lift) for a total of 203kg to win the gold in the Women’s 55kg weightlifting category. Her lift is a new Commonwealth Games record.

Similarly, Lawal won Nigeria’s second gold medal on Sunday after emerging as the winner in the women’s 59kg final. Lawal broke three games’ records to lift a combined total of 206kg. Each of her lifts – 90kg in snatch, 116kg in clean and jerk, and 206kg in total – is also a new Commonwealth Games record.

The bronze medal holders, Edidiong Umoafia and Islamiyat Yusuf came third in the 67kg Men’s category and 64kg women’s category, respectively.

All four medals have come from the weightlifting event.

Story: Makcit Rindap

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