It was a making of a future champion for Team Lagos after 12-year-old Olarinoye Florence won a bronze in the women’s 45kg Clean & Jerk at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Asaba.
Florence the younger sister to Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Adijat Olarinoye, claimed the medal with a 64kg lift.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa, Delta States and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT are showing their dominance as the two states won three gold medals each and FCT won two gold medals in weightlifting events which started on Monday.
Appah Emmanuel of Bayelsa State collected all three gold medals in Snatch, Clean & Jerk in the 61kg men category.
He had 110kg in Snatch, 140kg in Clean & Jerk and 250kg in Total to cart away the gold medals.
Tuesday Emmanuel of Lagos State won three silver after lifting 105kg, 132kg and 237kg in Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total. Michael Stephen of Plateau State won bronze in Snatch with a 103kg lift while Ifeanyi Joseph Nwagu, of Bayelsa State, won two bronze medals in Clean & Jerk and Total with 123kg and 223kg, respectively.
Host state, Delta also amassed three gold medals in the 45kg women’s category. Morufat Folarin recorded 58kg, 73kg and 131kg lifts to win three gold medals in Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total, in that order.
Christiana Allorma of Rivers State won three silver medals in Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total with 55kg, 65kg, and 120kg lift in the same category.
Blessing Andrew of Kwara State won two bronze medals in Snatch and Total with 55kg and 117kg lifts.
In the men’s 55kg category, Cara Elechi of Bayelsa State won gold in Snatch with 95kg, Adeleye Abayomi of Ekiti State claimed silver with a 94kg lift while Solomon John of FCT won bronze with 93kg.
Solomon John showed dominance in Clean & Jerk and total as he won the two gold medals after lifting 121kg and 224kg, in that order.
Owaseye Sunday, Ondo State, won silver in Clean & Jerk with 121kg lift, King Kalu of Cross River State won silver in Total with 222kg lift while 120kg and 212kg lifts in the same categories fetched two bronze medals for Elijah Joshua of Kaduna State.