Olarinoye Adijat has won Nigeria’s first gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event.
Olarinoye on Saturday, July 30, 2022, by the victory, she sets a new Games record.
Olarinoye lifted 92kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk, making 203kg in total to set a new Games record in the category.
Olarinoye nearly missed out on the gold medal due to a technical issue in her final lift but her attempt eventually proved enough to send her top of the podium.
Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam of India took the silver medal while England’s Fraer Morrow got the bronze.
Olarinoye had won three gold medals at the 2019 Africa Games three gold medals medalist.
She also won Nigeria’s second gold medal at the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
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.
In table tennis, Nigeria’s men’s team qualified for the quarter-final of the event.
They registered three wins out of three to emerge top from Group 2. The team defeated the trio of South Africa, Ghana and Cyprus to win the group.
However, the women’s team failed to secure the last-eight ticket after falling 3-2 to England[carousel_slide id='8496']