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Commonwealth Games: Rafiatu Lawal Wins Nigeria’s 2nd Gold Medal To Set New Record

Folashade Rafiatu Lawal has won Nigeria’s second gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gatekeepers News reports that the 25-year-old won the gold medal in the women’s 59kg weightlifting event on Sunday.

The Nigerian lifted a total of 206kg to set a Commonwealth record for accumulated lifts.

Lawal also set the Commonwealth record in the snatch category after lifting 90kg for her first lift.

She further set a Commonwealth record in the clean and jerk category, lifting 110kg, 115kg and 116kg in all her attempts.

Her 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.

In a related development, Nigeria’s Adeyinka Benson booked a place in the quarter-final of the 71-75kg boxing category.

Benson defeated Abubakar Kumasi of Ghana 3-2 in the third round, and will face Sam Hickey of Scotland on Wednesday.

Earlier, Nigeria’s men’s table tennis team also booked a place in the semi-final after a 3-2 defeat of Malaysia in the quarter-final.

The Nigerian representative came from behind to defeat the Asians after the duo of Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo lost the first game 3-1.

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