Commonwealth 2018: Nigeria sets world record by winning three gold, two silver in powerlifting

The duo of Paul Kehinde and Lucy Kehinde have won silver medals each in the men and women’s events of the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia.

Contesting in the men’s lightweight final, Ezuruike became the first Nigerian to claim a gold medal at this year’s edition, with a lift of 224.3 kilogramme.

The silver medal went to his compatriot Kehinde, who lifted 219.9 kilogramme, while Ali Jawad lifted 182.7 kilogramme, to win the bronze medal for England.

In the women’s lightweight, Onyema, made a lift of 141.6 kilogramme to create a new world record.

Ejike claimed the silver medal with a lift of 134.1 kilogramme and Zoe Newson from England took the bronze medal, with a lift of 106.1 kilogramme.

Also in the women’s heavyweight, Nwosu emerged tops with a lift of 110.4 kilogramme to finish ahead of Louis Sudgen of England (89.2 kilogramme) and Joyce Njuguna of Kenya (89 kilogramme).

Team Nigeria has now won three gold and four silver medals, and are now 10th in the overall medal standings.


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