Nigerian weightlifter Ruth Ayodele etched her name in the annals of the sport by clinching three medals at the prestigious IWF World Championship held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The 23-year-old athlete’s remarkable feat brought glory to Nigeria and showcased her prowess on the international stage.
Competing in the women’s 64kg category, Ayodele’s performance was nothing short of exceptional. She secured two silver medals and one bronze, demonstrating her extraordinary abilities. In the Snatch event, she lifted an impressive 100kg, setting the tone for her remarkable campaign. Her Clean and Jerk performance saw her hoisting a formidable 122kg, further solidifying her position as a top contender. With a total lift of 222kg, Ayodele’s consistency and determination earned her another medal, securing her place in weightlifting history.
While Ayodele’s achievements were monumental, she faced formidable competition. Mosquera Llamosa of Colombia emerged as a formidable adversary, clinching three gold medals by lifting 101kg in the Snatch, 122kg in the Clean and Jerk, and 223kg in the Total category. Korea’s Minkyung Park also showcased her prowess, securing one silver and two bronze medals in the women’s 64kg.
In the women’s 59kg category, Nigeria’s Rafiatu Lawal, a 2022 Commonwealth gold medallist, displayed her dedication, finishing in the sixth position. Her lifts included 100kg in the Snatch, 125kg in the Clean and Jerk, and 225kg in the Total. Adijat Olarinoye, another talented Nigerian weightlifter, secured the 15th position with lifts of 95kg in the Snatch, 120kg in the Clean and Jerk, and 215kg in the Total.
In the men’s 73kg category, Edidiong Umoafia represented Nigeria with a strong performance. His lifts included 140kg in the Snatch, 170kg in the Clean and Jerk, and 310kg in the Total, earning him the 18th position.
Ruth Ayodele’s remarkable achievements at the IWF World Championship serve as an inspiration to aspiring sportswomen in Nigeria and around the world. Her discipline, and relentless pursuit have earned her a place among the sport’s elite.