Nigeria clinches first gold at Commonwealth games

A NIGERIAN weightlifter, Olarinoye Adijat, has clinched the country’s first gold medal at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Adijat recorded a total of 203kg at the women’s 55kg weightlifting event. The 203kg lift is a new Commonwealth Games record.

The 22-year-old athlete lifted 92kg in the snatch, and 111kg in clean and jerk for a total of 203kg to win the gold, while India’s Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam and Fraer Morrow of England settled for the silver and bronze medals respectively.

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    Previously, she had won two gold medals and one silver at the 2019 African Games in Morocco

    Nigeria currently sits ninth on the medals table, with Australia leading the charts with 13 gold, eight silver and 11 bronze.

    New Zealand occupies the second position having won seven gold, four silver and two bronze medals.

    England is third with five gold medals, 12 silver and four bronze.

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