National Sports Festival: Delta tops weightlifting

Susan Adeoye [Photo: pmnewsnigeria.com]

Delta State has taken the lead in weightlifting

Team Delta topped the weightlifting medals with eight gold medals, four silver, and three bronze at the end of the third day of competition at the Brai Ayonote Gymnasium of the National Stadium, Lagos.

Razaq Tanimowo won three gold medals in the men’s 56kg category while Nkechi Okpara won two gold and a silver in the women’s 48kg class. Ndidi Eze also garnered two gold and a silver in the women’s 58kg while Olawale Oredugba (62kg male) had two silver medals to his name. Mufuli Bankole (53kg) also got to the medals table with three bronze medals.

One of the coaches, Akin Ojo, expressed confidence in his athlete’ ability to win more medals before the weightlifting event comes to an end.

He said, “What we have done so far is just a sixty percent estimate. I’m certain that more medals will come at the end of the day. Our athletes have received a lot of support and we have good coaches who were able to talk to them and build up their psyche following the delay in the commencement of activities.”

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