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Obichukwu adds to Nigeria’s Powerlifting medals in Birmingham 

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Obichukwu joined Oluwafemiayo and Omolayo who won gold and silver in women’s heavyweight category respectively and Nnamdi who got bronze in the men’s lightweight

Nigerian powerlifter, Ikechukwu Obichukwu on Thursday night won a late silver medal in the men’s heavyweight category to take the total medals won by Team Nigeria in the event to 4. 

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Powerlifting, which is an area of strength for the country, has now added one gold, two silver and one bronze medals to Nigeria’s medal haul in the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games.  

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Alice Oluwafemiayo

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According to The Nation, despite leading throughout the event, Obichukwu surrendered the lead to the eventual gold medalist India’s Sudhir who set a games record of 134.5kg.

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Obichukwu, who settled for the silver medal lifted an overall 133.6kg while Scotland’s Micky Yule 130.9kg to pick the bronze medal.

Innocent Nnamdi won the first medal for Nigeria in the powerlifting event with a bronze medal in the men’s lightweight.

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Nnamdi, who competed alongside his compatriot Thomas Kure, lifted 132.5kg overall to make the first podium for the powerlifting team.

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Innocent Nnamdi

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Kure, however, finished fourth overall to miss out on the podium.

Alice Oluwafemiayo set a new world record in the women’s heavyweight after lifting an overall 123.4kg to claim the gold ahead of her compatriot Bose Omolayo who lifted 115.2kg to pick silver while the bronze medal was won by Hani Watson of Australia after lifting 98.5kg.

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