Commonwealth Games: Nigeria’s Olarinloye wins first gold medal

* Sets African record in weightlifting

Nigerian weightlifter Adijat Olarinoye has won her way to the podium by winning the country’s first Gold medal at the commonwealth games held in Birmingham.

She made the feat possible by finishing first in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event and also setting a Commonwealth games record in the process.

The 23-year-old clinched gold by lifting a combined total lift of 203kg – 92kg in Snatch and 111 in Clean & Jerk – to win the women’s 55kg weightlifting event and also set a new African record.

India’s Bindyarani Sorokhaibam, who also set a new Games record for Clean & Jerk (202kg – 86kg in Snatch and 116kg in Clean & Jerk) won silver, while England’s Fraser Morrow claimed bronze after lifting a total of 198kg – 89kg in Snatch and 109kg in Clean and Jerk.

Nigeria is currently occupying the 9th position on the Medals table, after Olarinloye won Gold in her event.

Australia is occupying the first position with 13 gold, eight silver, and 11 bronze medals.

Olarinoye had won three gold medals at the 2019 Africa Games three gold medals as a medalist.

She also won Nigeria’s second gold medal at the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Meanwhile, in the women’s 49 weightlifting event, Nigeria’s Stella Peter Kingsley narrowly missed out on a podium finish.

She finished fourth behind India’s Chanu Saikhom Mirabai, Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa of Mauritius, and Canada’s Hannah Kaminski who shared the medals respectively in ascending order.

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