Rafiatu Folashade Lawal broke three Commonwealth Games’ records on Sunday, July 31 to win Nigeria’s second gold medal at the games event.
Rafiatu clinched gold in the final of the women’s 59kg weightlifting event after lifting 90kg at the snatch category, setting a new Commonwealth Games record.
The 25-year-old lifted 110kg at the first attempt, then at the second attempt lifted 115kg to set the new Games record, and then on the third attempt set another Commonwealth Games World Record, lifting 116kg. England’s Jessica Gordon Brown won silver – 197kg while Canada’s Tali Darsigny claimed bronze: 196kg.
A combined 206kg is a new Commonwealth Games Record in the women’s 59kg weightlifting event.
Her victory came a few hours after Team Nigeria celebrated the bronze medal won by Edidiong Joseph Umoafia in the men’s 67kg Weightlifting event.
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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— Austin Okon-Akpan (@ProudlyAustin) July 31, 2022