Nigerian Athlete Breaks Her World Record to Win Gold in Powerlifting at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Nigerian Athlete Breaks Her World Record to Win Gold in Powerlifting at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
  • Folashade Oluwafemiayo broke her own world record to win gold in the Powerlifting event at the Commonwealth Games
  • Team Nigeria continues to shine in Birmingham as Oluwafemiayo lifted a new WR of 155kg
  • Bose Omolayo got in on the act as well, securing the silver medal with a lift of 145kg ahead of Australia’s Hani Watson

Impressive Nigerian athlete Folashade Oluwafemiayo smashed her world record to win gold in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham Powerlifting event.

The Paralympic champion was spectacular on Day 7 as she lifted a new world record of 155kg to clinch the gold medal.

Making of Champions reports that it was her first ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Games as she inspired Nigerian first and second finish.

Folashade Oluwafemiayo, Commonwealth Games, Team Nigeria
Folashade Oluwafemiayo and Bose Ololayo won gold and silver medals at the Powerlifting event. Photo: Al Bello
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Bose Omolayo got in on the act, securing the silver medal with a lift of 145kg, clear of the third place finisher, Australia’s Hani Watson, who won the Bronze medal with a lift of 127kg.

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Oluwafemiayo claimed 123.4 cumulative points and was clearly ahead of other Powerlifters, laying down the marker when she opened up with a lift of 130k, going on to improve with an additional 20kg and then 5kg more to emerge with a clear victory.

Nwachukwu Goodness wins gold in Discus Throw

Also, Team Nigeria’s Nwachukwu Goodness drew spectacular applause from the fans following her performance inside the Alexander Stadium on Thursday.

The 23-year-old has now secured Nigeria’s fourth gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

She did it in style after breaking the world record in the Women’s Discus Throw F42-44/61-64 event not once but twice.

Before now, she held the F42 world record holder with the best mark of 33.35m, but on Thursday, she improved on that distance with her first throw of 34.84m which she further improved upon with a throw of 36.56m.

Ferdinand Omanyala qualifies for Men’s 100m final

Sports Brief earlier reported that Ferdinand Omanyala will have the chance to compete for gold at the Commonwealth Games after qualifying for the 100 metres finals in style.

Omanyala won the second heat of the semifinals with a time of 10.02 seconds to book his place in the final that will be held later tonight.

The African record holder has now won back-to-back races in the preliminary rounds of the Games after equally finishing first in round 1 yesterday.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.