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Africa Games: Nigeria Weightlifters begin quest for medals on Saturday

Posted : 09 March 2024

Team Nigeria in Weightlifting will begin its quest for medals at the ongoing 2023 Africa Games in Ghana on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Comprising 12 lifters, including six females and six males, the team will commence their competition on Saturday, with two women and a man featuring in different categories.

In the opening competition, which starts with the 45kg women's category, Morufat Folarin will compete at 11 am, while the 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Adijat Adenike Olarinoye, will compete in the 55kg category at 5 pm. At the same time, King Kalu, featuring in the 55kg men's category, will be in action on Saturday.

Team Nigeria in Weightlifting came second in the 2019 edition of the Africa Games behind Egypt with 50 medals, comprising 16 gold, 16 silver, and 18 bronze. The lifters expressed optimism going into this year's games with a view to better their outing four years ago. Nigeria remains a dominant force in Weightlifting in Africa, with the 2019 African Games gold medallist in the -59kg category, Rafiatu Lawal, 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Adijat Adenike Olarinoye, and Edidiong Umoafia, who is making his debut, all expected to push for Nigeria's medals in Accra.

The Weightlifting event, taking place at the University of Ghana, Legon, will last for seven days, between Friday, March 8, and March 15, 2024.

Full list of Team Nigeria Weightlifting:

1. King Kalu - 55KG
2. Favour Agboro - 61KG
3. Edidiong Umoafia - 67KG
4. Desmond Akano - 96KG
5. Abayomi Adeyemi - 102KG
6. Lucky Joseph - +109KG

1. Morufat Folarin - 45KG
2. Adijat Olarinoye - 55KG
3. Rafiatu Lawal - 59KG
4. Ruth Ayodele - 64KG
5. Joy Eze - 71KG
6. Mary Osijo - 87KG


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