Exciting Nigerian Athlete Sets New Commonwealth Games Record, Wins the Country’s 2nd Gold Medal

Exciting Nigerian Athlete Sets New Commonwealth Games Record, Wins the Country’s 2nd Gold Medal

  • Rafiatu Lawal has won Nigeria’s second gold medal at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
  • Lawal stunned the women’s 59kg weightlifting event after lifting a total of 206kg to set a Commonwealth record
  • The impressive Team Nigeria continue to shine at the games as it makes it their third medal so far

Team Nigeria has now won two gold medals at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games as Folashade Rafiatu Lawal sets a new record on Sunday.

The 25-year-old won the medal in the women’s 59kg weightlifting event after lifting a total of 206kg to set a Commonwealth record for accumulated lifts.

It was also a Commonwealth record in her category as she lifted a staggering 90kg for her first lift.

Rafiatu Lawal, Nigerian Athlete, Commonwealth Games
Rafiatu Lawal wins Nigeria's second gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Eddie Keogh
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Furthermore, the sensational weightlifter also set a Commonwealth record in the clean category, lifting 110kg, 115kg and 116kg in all her attempts.

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It is now three medals for Team Nigeria at the games after Adijat Olarinoye, and Umoafia Joseph finished first and third on the podium of their weightlifting categories, respectively.

The Cable reports that Nigeria’s Adeyinka Benson has already booked a place in the 71-71kg boxing category after defeating Abubakar Kumasi of Ghana 3-2 in the third round.

The 26-year-old will face Sam Hickey of Scotland on Wednesday at 3:15 pm.

Edidiong Umoafia wins bronze medal

Meanwhile, 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.

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.

Ugandan marathoner Victor Kiplangat wins gold

Sports 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.

Source: Sports Brief News

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