Nigeria has won its second gold medal on Sunday, July 31, and its second bronze medal on Monday, August 1, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The 25-year-old, Folashade Rafiatu Lawal has won the gold medal in the women’s 59kg weightlifting event.
On the other hand, weightlifter Yusuf Islamiyat Adebukola got bronze in the category of women’s 64kg by lifting 93kg during the Snatch and Clean and Jerk: 113kg, 116kg, 119kg, making the total result 212 kilograms.
Lawal managed to lift a total of 260kg to set a record for Commonwealth for accumulated lifts.
She has also set the Commonwealth record in the category of snatch after lifting 90kg during her first lift.
The young woman also set a Commonwealth record in the category of clean and jerk, lifting 110kg, followed by 115kg and 116kg during all her attempts.
The gold medal won by Lawal is Nigeria’s third medal at the games, after Adijat Olarinoye and Umoafia Joseph came first and third during the podium of their weightlifting categories, respectively.
Yusuf Islamiyat Adebukola
The 19-year-old female got the bronze for Nigeria in the Women’s 64kg event on Monday, August 1, at the National Exhibition Centre.
She did a total lift of 212kg and finished third behind Maude Charron (Canada) and Cochrane Sarah (Australia), who secured first and second positions, respectively.
The bronze medal on Monday is the fourth medal for Nigeria in the event of weightlifting, where the nation had earlier won two gold and one bronze medal.
All the medals from Nigeria so far have come in different categories of weightlifting.
The winners from Nigeria so far are:
- Islamiyat Adebukola Yusuf Aug 1, 2022. Weightlifting Women’s 64kg.
- Rafiatu Folashade Lawal July 31, 2022. Weightlifting Women’s 59kg.
- Edidiong Joseph Umoafia July 31, 2022. Weightlifting Men’s 67kg.
- Adijat Adenike Olarinoye July 31, 2022. Weightlifting Women’s 55kg.
With this, Nigeria ranks 9th in the world in the Commonwealth 2022 list.