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Commonwealth Games: Weightlifters lift Team Nigeria to 9th position

Team Nigeria currently occupy the ninth position on the 2022 Commonwealth medals table following the exploits of four weightlifters in Birmingham. As at the time…

Team Nigeria currently occupy the ninth position on the 2022 Commonwealth medals table following the exploits of four weightlifters in Birmingham.

As at the time of writing this, Nigeria has 2 gold and 2 bronze medals after four days of action.

Adijat Olarinoye who was the first to win medal for Nigeria beat others in the women’s 55kg category to win gold while setting a new Games record on Saturday. Olarinoye lifted 92kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk, making 203kg in total to set a new Games record in the category.

On Sunday, Rafiatu Lawal won Nigeria’s second gold medal in the weightlifting event while also setting three Commonwealth Games records in the women’s 59kg final, lifting 90kg in snatch, 116kg in clean and jerk, and 206kg in total while Edidiong Joseph Umoafia clinched a bronze medal in the men’s 67kg category.

Yesterday, Islamiyat Yusuf has won Nigeria’s fourth medal by clinching the bronze medal in women’s weightlifting 64kg event, with 93kg in snatch and 119 in clean and jerk.

Meanwhile, Australia is leading the table with 62 medals comprising of 25 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze whole England is second with 47 medals comprising of 19 gold, 18 silver and 10 bronze medals.

New Zealand is third with 23 medals comprising of 12 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze. South Africa is the top ranked African country and is fourth with 5 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.