Nigeria’s Rafiatu Folashade Lawal says her parents will be proud of her latest success after claiming a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women’s 59kg weightlifting.

The favourite triumphed with a new Games record of 206kg from her snatch and clean and jerk lifts yesterday.

Lawal has already conquered the continent by picking 59kg gold at the 2019 African Games and the 2021 African Weightlifting Championships.

A gold medallist at the 2021 Commonwealth Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she admitted her Commonwealth record was unexpected on the way to winning Nigeria’s third gold in Birmingham.


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