Commonwealth Games: Olarinoye wins 1st gold medal for Nigeria in weightlifting

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Adijat Adenike Olarinoye has clinched the first gold medal for Team Nigeria in the Women’s Weightlifting at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Olarinoye defeated her competitors in Women’s 55kg, lifting 92kg in the snatch, and 111kg in the clean/jerk to amass 203kg in total.

This is a good start in the medal table for Team Nigeria which recently finished the World Athletics Championships in Oregon high-spirited with Ese Brume clinching the silver medal in the long jump and Tobi Amusan setting a world record in 100mh.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon Sunday Dare, was in Birmingham to cheer Team Nigeria to victory.

Dare, earlier arrived in Birmingham on July 27, 2022, to join other Commonwealth Nations to attend the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting at the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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According to a report by the Sports Ministry, the Honorable Minister in the Birmingham meeting, emphasised sports’ human rights and equality issues as nations regain their balances after the peak of the covid-19 pandemic.

Dare among his colleagues highlighted the importance of sports in the actualization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Remarkably, the Sports Minister was at the weightlifting event where Olarinoye shot the first gold medal to put the name of the most populous black nation on the medal chart.

Nevertheless, Dare’s presence is a follow-up on his charge to Team Nigeria to be good ambassadors and do the nation proud in the Commonwealth Games.

Team Nigeria compete in nine sports including weightlifting which Olarinoye has starred to inscribe the country’s name in gold.

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