On Sunday, July 31, Rafiatu Folashade Lawal broke three Commonwealth Games records to earn Nigeria’s second gold medal in a competition.
Rafiatu set a new Commonwealth Games record by lifting 90 kg in the snatch category to win the women’s 59 kg weightlifting event.
The 25-year-old first lifted 110 kg, then lifted 115 kg to break the previous Games record, and then lifted 116 kg on his third attempt to achieve a new Commonwealth Games World Record. Tali Darsigny of Canada won bronze at 196 kg, while Jessica Gordon Brown of England took silver at 197 kg.
Commonwealth Games 2022: Rafiatu Lawal Folashade wins Nigeria’s second Gold, sets new games record (photos/videos)
In the women’s 59kg weightlifting competition, a new Commonwealth Games record of 206kg was set.
Her triumph came just after Team Nigeria celebrated Edidiong Joseph Umoafia’s bronze-medal win in the men’s 67kg weightlifting competition.
Nigeria's Folashade Lawal Rafiatu wins gold in the women's 59kg weightlifting event. She also made a new #CommonwealthGames record.
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