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2022 Commonwealth games: Adenike Adijat wins first Gold medal for Nigeria


Team Nigeria has gotten it’s first Gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth games through Weightlifter Olarinoye Adenike Adijat.

On Saturday evening, Olarinoye Adenike Adijat recorded 92kg in the 55kg women’s snatch event in Weightlifting at the ongoing Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games to hand Nigeria it’s first Gold medal of the games.

Olarinoye was one of Nigeria’s Gold medal hopefuls and has lived up to her pre game rating with a Gold medal finish.

Adijat Adenike Olarinoye (born 14 July 1999) is a Nigerian weightlifter.

She won the silver medal in the women’s 55 kg event at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

She represented Nigeria at the 2019 African Games which is also her maiden African Games appearance and claimed three medals including two gold medals in women’s 55 kg weightlifting event.

She claimed gold medals in women’s 55 kg and 55 kg clean jerk events along with a silver in 55 kg snatch event where she narrowly missed the gold medal to fellow compatriot Chika Amalaha.

However she emerged as the gold medalist in the overall women’s 55 kg event while Chika Amalaha settled for the silver medal.


On 26 August 2019, Adijat also created a new African record in weightlifting in the clean and jerk category by lifting 116 kg during the 2019 African Games.

At the 2022 Commonwealth Games in BirminghamUK she won the gold medal with 2 new Games Records: 92kg in snatch and 203 kg overall.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Birmingham 2022, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that is taking place in Birmingham, England, from 28 July to 8 August 2022.

Birmingham was announced as host on 21 December 2017, marking England’s third time hosting the Commonwealth Games after London 1934 and Manchester 2002, and the seventh Games in the United Kingdom after London and Manchester, Cardiff 1958Edinburgh 1970 and 1986, and Glasgow 2014.

As at 28 July 2022, all 72 Commonwealth Games Associations confirmed they will send athletes to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


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