Nigeria’s Joseph Umoafia Claims Bronze At Commonwealth Games

Umoafia Joseph has won Nigeria’s second medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 18-year-old clinched bronze in the men’s 67kg weightlifting event on Sunday.

In the snatch category, he scored no lift in his first two attempts but his final haul of 130kg pushed him ahead in the log.

In the clean and jerk category, his first lift of 150kg was bettered his third attempt of 160kg, which overrode his second lift mistake.

Lalrinnunga Jeremy of India took the gold medal with a combined lift of 300kg which is the game’s record. Vaipava Ioane of Samoa finished with the silver medal.

Umoafia’s bronze is Nigeria’s second medal at the games after Olarinoye Adijat had won gold in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event.

In table tennis, Nigeria’s men’s team progressed into the semi-final after a 3-2 defeat of Malaysia in the quarter-final.

The Nigerian contingent came from behind to defeat the Asians after the duo of Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo lost the first game 3-1.

Aruna Quadri levelled the match with a 3-1 victory over Mas Leong before Abiodun lost to Mas Wong in the third game.

However, Quadri and Omotayo scored identical 3-1 victories over their opponents in the fourth and fifth games to book a place in the last four.

The semi-final is billed for Monday at 7 pm.

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