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2022 Commonwealth Games: Nigerian Rafiatu Lawal breaks three weightlifting records

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Nigeria’s Rafiatu Lawal powered to Birmingham 2022 glory in the women’s 59 kilogrammes weightlifting by breaking three Commonwealth Games records.

Lawal, African Games and Commonwealth Championships gold medallist, lifted records in the snatch and clean and jerk – 90kg and 116kg respectively.

That added up to a total record of 206kg as she claimed a clear and comprehensive victory.

All of the other lifters had finished the snatch before Lawal had even made an attempt, and she went straight in with her record before failing twice.

In the clean and jerk she had the luxury of two lifts with gold already assured, hoisting up both 115kg and then adding an extra kilogramme to extend the record.

Her compatriot Edidiong Umoafia won bronze on 290kg.

He had earlier failed with his first two snatch lifts and was in danger of exiting the competition, before he composed himself to lift 130kg.

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