12th African Games: Nigeria win six gold medals in weightlifting


Team Nigeria has won six gold medals in weightlifting and three silver at the ongoing All African Games happening in Morocco.

A former national junior lifter, Emmanuel Appah, won three gold medals in the men’s 61kg, having lifted a total of 271kg, with 120kg in the snatch. He also lifted 151kg in Clean and Jerk.

Adijat Olarinoye also won two gold medals and one silver in the women’s -55kg, while former national champion, Chika Amalaho won 1 gold and 2 silver medals in the women’s -55kg.

Team Nigeria also excelled in the final of table tennis women’s double with Cecilia Akpan and Edem Offiong defeating Funke Oshonaike and Fatimo Bello 3-2.

In track and field, Grace Anigbata claimed the gold medal in the women’s Triple Jump with 13.75m jump, while Dotun Ogundeji clinched silver medal with his last throw in the men’s Discus event.

Nigerian gymnasts won a bronze medal in the women’s team Artistic event at the Ibn Rochd Centre.

Nigeria currently has 12 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals at the Games.

With the gold medals, Nigeria has moved to the fifth spot on the overall medal standings.


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