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Olarinoye Adijat wins first gold for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Nigeria has won her first gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, thanks to a great performance from Olarinoye Adijat.

She secured gold for Nigeria in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event.

The 22-year-old lifted a total of 203kg to set a game’s record for accumulated lifts.

She also set the game’s record in the snatch category after lifting 92kg for her second lift.

Adijat 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.

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.

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