IWF World Championship: Nigerian Contingent Returns Home With 9 Medals
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By Amaechi Agbo
Nigeria contingent to the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation, IWF World Championship holding in Tashkent, Uzbekistan are set to return home after a massively successful outing.
The continent made up of 7 lifters, two coaches and a physio ensured that the green and white national flag was hoisted in Tashkent as they won medals and broke records.
The team won a total of 9 medals in two different competitions.
The IWF World Championship also serves as the 2021 Commonwealth Games qualifier with Nigerian contingent winning 5 medals in Commonwealth Championship and 4 medals in World Championship.
Nigeria won a total of four gold and a silver in the Commonwealth Championship and clinched a silver and 3 bronze medals in the IWF World Championship.
Olarinoye Adenike Adijat broke 20 years national jinx as she won Nigeria’s first medal in the IWF World Championship on Friday after she won silver and 2 bronze medal.
Eze Joy Ogbonne won another bronze in the World Championship on Monday.
The Commonwealth Championship medals, Stella Kingsley, Olarinoye Adenike Adijat, Lawal Rafiatu Folashade and Eze Joy Ogbonne won gold while Joseph Edidiong Umoafia won silver.
Emmanuel Inemo as well as Liadi Taiwo also gave good account of themselves during the competition as they consolidated on their world rankings.
The contingent will return to Nigeria on Thursday.
Stella Kingsley won her gold in 49kg women category; Olarinoye Adenike Adijat won gold (Commonwealth) as well as three other medals, a silver and two bronze in the IWF World Championship in the 55kg women category.
Lawal Rafiatu Folashade won her Commonwealth Championship gold in the 59kg women category while Eze Joy Ogbonne picked her Commonwealth Championship gold medal in the 71kg women category as well as a bronze medal in the World Championship.
Joseph Edidiong Umoafia won Commonwealth Championship silver in the 67kg men category.
Emmanuel Inemo Appah competed in the 61kg men category while Liadi Taiwo who rounded up Nigeria’s participation in the championship on Tuesday competed in the 76kg women category.
The four gold medalists, Stella, Adenike, Folashade and Joy have all qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games holding in Bermignham, England which will commence from July 28 to August 8, next year.
Speaking on the performance of the athletes, President, Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, (NWF) Dr Ibrahim Abdul lauded the lifters as well as their coaches for job well done.
The President who was elated with the performance of the lifters and the dedication of the coaches said they have written Nigeria’s name on weightlifting global map.
He assured them of the NWF board’s continued support to ensure that they excelled in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Bermignham, England.
“I want thank the athletes and their coaches for a job well done. They have done creditably well and written Nigeria’s name on weightlifting global map.
“Some of them qualified automatically for the Commonwealth Games next year and others will wait for the next ranking to know their qualification status. We are indeed grateful to them all and will ensure that all necessary support is given to them to do even better in Commonwealth Games.
“When I was voted into office some months ago, I made a vow and that promise is what I will keep – to restore the past glory and reposition weightlifting for greater glory in Nigeria,” he said.