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Sports News of Thursday, 11 August 2022


'Commonwealth Games is special to Nigeria' - Oluwafemiayo

Nigeria's world record powerlifter, Folashade Oluwafemiayo believes the Commonwealth Games has a special place in the heart of Nigerians.

The 37-year-old won gold at the just-ended Commonwealth Games in the Women's Powerlifting event.

She lifted a series of 130kg, 150kg & 155kg to score a cumulative 123.4 points to set a new world record at the games.

Speaking in an interview, the record holder expressed her excitement following her recent feat at the quadrennial event.

"I was hoping to be at my first Commonwealth Games because it's special to Nigeria," she told the BBC.

"To win gold here makes it more special. I've also discovered there are lots of sports at the Games which African countries don't have, so I'm imploring the African countries to develop more sports."

The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games saw Team Nigeria pull off its best performance since the Games were first held in Canada in 1930.

Team Nigeria won 35 medals surpassing its previous record at the 1994 Games.