Weightlifter Rafiatu Lawal won Team Nigeria’s second gold medal in the women’s 59kg category of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday. Lawal broke three games’ records to lift a combined total of 206kg.
Lawal clinched gold by lifting a combined total lift of 206kg – 110kg in snatch and 116kg in Clean and Jerk- to win the women’s 59kg weightlifting event and also set a new Commonwealth Games record.
The Nigerian successfully lifted 90 kg in her first attempt, set a Commonwealth Games record, and went right on top of the standings in Snatch.
Though, she failed to lift 94kg in her second attempt and went for 95kg in her third attempt.
Meanwhile, England’s Jessica Brown finished second with a combined lift of 197kg while Tali Darsigny from Canada finished third with a combined lift of 196kg.
Lawal becomes the second Nigerian to win a medal on Sunday after Edidiong Umoafia won bronze in men’s weightlifting.