Nigeria’s Rafiatu Lawal has won a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in women’s 59kg weightlifting category.
Lawal’s victory on Sunday means Nigeria now has two gold medals at the competition won by weightlifters.
Weightlifter Rafiatu Lawal has won Nigeria’s second gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The 25-year-old won the medal in the women’s 59kg weightlifting event on Sunday, July 31. She won by lifting a combined total lift of 206kg – 110kg in snatch and 116kg in Clean and Jerk.
She set a Commonwealth record for accumulated lifts. She also set the Commonwealth record in the snatch category after lifting 90kg for her first lift.
The wieghtlifter also set a Commonwealth record in the clean and jerk category, lifting 110kg, 115kg and 116kg in all her attempts.
Lawal’s gold is Nigeria’s third medal at the games, after Adijat Olarinoye and Umoafia Joseph finished first and third on the podium of their weightlifting categories, respectively.
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