The success of Adijat Olarinoye had brought smiles to the faces of Nigerians after she won the first ever gold medal for the country at Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.
Adijat Adenike Olarinoye gave Nigerians something to cheer about has she set a new Games’ record of 203kg to win GOLD in the women’s 55kg Weightlifting event.
It was by no means an easy victory for Olarinoye, in fact she had some luck on her side having almost let the GOLD slip from her grasp, because the Nigerian technical crew made a conservative decision on her lifts which could have cost her the GOLD.
Olarinoye set her stalls early by breaking two Games Record in the Snatch category, all with a space of 10mins after lifting 90kg and 92kg respectively. She attempted 93kg on her last attempt in the Snatch but missed, however she was the only athlete to lift a weight over 90kg, taking a 3kg advantage going into the Clean and Jerk.
The Nigerian lifter went for 111kg after lifting 110kg on her second attempt, and luckily her other opponents did not capitalize as she held on to win the event.
Having come under pressure from the English and Indian Weightlifters, the Nigerian lifter was lucky they didn’t match her combined total of 203kg, lifting 110kg and 111kg in quick succession in the Clean and Jerk.
Overall Adijat Olarinoye took her chances and was undoubtedly the best lifter of the day. She was so grateful to the extent that she bow down to pay obeisance to her maker for her triumph and she said, Atlast I made it!
Winning the first gold medal was a great achievement for Nigeria as a whole and it was indeed a good day for Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games 2022