Commonwealth Games: Another Nigerian Athlete Wins Medal in Men’s Weightlifting

Commonwealth Games: Another Nigerian Athlete Wins Medal in Men’s Weightlifting

  • Edidiong Umoafia has won the bronze medal in men’s weightlifting at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
  • The impressive Nigerian athlete lifted a combined 290kg to get on the podium in the men’s 67kg category
  • He becomes the second Nigerian to win a medal at the Games after Olarionoye Adijat earlier won gold

Nigerian athlete Edidiong Umoafia on Day 4 of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, clinched the bronze medal in men’s weightlifting.

It was gathered that Umofia lifted a combined 290kg to get on the men’s 67kg podium.

Complete Sports reports that it becomes the second medal for Team Nigeria at the games after Adijat Olarinoye’s gold medal feat in the women’s weightlifting on Saturday.

Edidiong Umoafia, Commonwealth Games, Birmingham
Edidiong Umoafia wins bronze medal in men's weightlifting at the commonwealth games. Photo: Eddie Keogh
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It was gathered that India’s Jeremy Lalrinnunga, who made a lift of 300kg, a games record won the gold medal at the event.

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Finishing second to claim the silver medal was Vaipava Loane from Samoa, who finished with a lift of 293kg.

Team Nigeria still remains in ninth place with a gold medal and a bronze in medal standing.

Olarinoye wins gold medal

Meanwhile, Team Nigeria secured its first gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, courtesy of Olarinoye Adijat.

Adijat lifted a total of 203kg for accumulated lifts, to set the game’s record in the category after lifting 92kg for her second take.

The 22-year-old almost missed out on the gold medal in the final lift due to a technical issue, but she proved enough to send her top of the podium.

It was gathered that India’s Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam secured the silver medal while Fraer Morrow of England got the bronze.

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Ugandan marathoner Victor Kiplangat wins gold

Spots Brief earlier reported that Ugandan marathoner Victor Kiplangat stole the headlines during the Commonwealth Games after he bagged a gold medal in the men's marathon despite running the wrong way.

It is understood that Kiplangat took a wrong turn nearly a mile away from the finishing line, a blunder that almost cost him the gold medal.

Fortunately for the Ugandan, he had established a strong lead against his opponents and went on to finish the race one minute and 34 seconds earlier than his closest challenger.