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African Games 2023: Nigeria Strikes First Weightlifting Gold Medal

todayMarch 11, 2024 4

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Team Nigeria on Monday won its first gold medal in weightlifting at the ongoing 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana.

The vital medal was won by Edidiong Umoafia who competed in the 67kg men category.

Making his debut in the 67kg men category, Umoafia won all the three gold medals in snatch, clean & jerk and Total.

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He lifted a 135kg in snatch and 165kg in clean and jerk to record a total of 300kg which secured the three gold medals for team Nigeria.

His feat has scaled Nigeria’s Weightlifting medal haul to eight after King Kalu (two bronze medal and Favour (two silver and a bronze medals) set the ball rolling on Sunday.

This is following the impressive performance in the wrestling by team Nigeria women who also had a clean sweep of Gold medals.

More medals expected from weightlifting event which is at day 3 at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Written by: Godstime Egelege-Idama

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