2022 National Sports Festival: Akwa Ibom, Oyo, assert superiority as Weightlifting Events enters Day 3


Akwa Ibom and Oyo States were dominant on Day 3 of Weightlifting Events at the ongoing National Sports Festival, NSF in Asaba Delta State as they won gold medals to increase their medal haul.

Commonwealth bronze Medallist, Emmanuel Edidiong representing Akwa Ibom State won three gold medals in 73kg men category.

Edidiong lifted 142kg, 170kg and 312kg to win gold in Snatch, Clean &Jerk and Total. Emmanuel Eric of Edo state won silver in Snatch with 131kg lift and picked bronze medals in Clean&Jerk with 152kg and Total with 277kg lifts.

Delta State lifter, Jubril Abubakar won two silver medals in Clean &Jerk and Total as well as bronze in Snatch with 152kg, 282kg and 130kg lifts.

In the 59kg women category, two Commonwealth gold medal winners, Rafiatu Lawal of Oyo State and Olarinoye Adijat of Lagos State had a decisive day as both battled for superiority in the category.

However, in the end, Rafiatu made her experience count as she defeated Olarinoye who was making her first competition in 59kg category after moving from the 54kg where she won gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in England

Rafiatu claimed all the three gold medals in the 59kg women category while Olarinoye won all the silver medals leaving Peace Annokwuru of Rivers State to scoop the bronze medals in the Snatch, Clean &Jerk and Total.

In the 64kg women category, another Commonwealth medalist, Islamiyat Yusuf from Osun State made her experience count as she won gold in Snatch, silver in Total and Bronze in Clean&Jerk.

Ruth Ayodele of Oyo State picked two gold medals in Clean &Jerk and Total after lifting 125kg and 222kg respectively. Sarah Matthew of Kogi State won bronze in Snatch while Happiness Igbinosa of Edo State won silver in Clean&Jerk and bronze in Total.

Below are results of competitions in weightlifting events on on Day 3, Wednesday 7:

73kg men

Emmanuel Edidiong Akwa Ibom 142kg, gold
Emmanuel Eric Edo State, 131kg, silver
Jubril Abubakar Delta State, 130kg, bronze

Emmanuel Edidiong, Akwa Ibom, 170kg, gold
Jubril Abubakar Delta, 152kg, Silver
Emmanuel Eric Edo State, 146kg, bronze

Emmanuel Edidiong, Akwa Ibom, 312kg, gold
Jubril Abubakar Delta State, 282kg, silver
Emmanuel Eric Edo State, 277kg, bronze

59kg women

Rafiatu Lawal Oyo State 97kg, gold
Olarinoye Adijat Lagos State, 96kg, silver
Peace Annokwuru Rivers State, 85kg bronze

Rafiatu Lawal Oyo State 122kg, gold
Olarinoye Adijat Lagos State, 121kg, silver
Peace Annokwuru Rivers State, 101kg bronze

Rafiatu Lawal Oyo State 219kg, gold
Olarinoye Adijat Lagos State, 217kg, silver
Peace Annokwuru Rivers State, 186kg bronze

64kg women category

Islamiyat Yusuf Osun State, 98kg, gold
Ruth Ayodele Oyo 97kg, silver
Sarah Matthew, Kogi 93kg, bronze

Ruth Ayodele Oyo, 125kg, gold
Happiness Igbinosa Edo, 122kg, silver
Islamiyat Yusuf, Osun, 115kg, bronze

Ruth Ayodele Oyo, 222kg, gold
Islamiyat Yusuf Osun 213kg, silver
Happiness Igbinosa Edo, 209kg, 3rd.

Activities continue in weightlifting on Thursday as scheduled below:
Thursday 8th December

81Kg Men Group A & 89Kg Men
Weigh in – 7:30am – 8:30am
Competition – 9:30am

71Kg Women
Weigh in – 10:30am – 11:30am
Competition – 12:30pm

96Kg Men
Weigh in – 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Competition – 3:30pm

76Kg Women – 81Kg Women
Weigh in – 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Competition – 6:30pm


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