Eze Joy Ogbonne on Monday won Nigeria’s 4th gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship at the ongoing 2021 International Weightlifting Federation, IWF World Championship in Uzbekistan.
Apart from winning gold medal in Commonwealth Championship, the Ebonyi State born lifter also won a bronze medal in the IWF Championship and set two new youth World Records
The IWF World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan which started on Tuesday last week also serves as the 2022 Commonwealth Games qualifier.
The 17-year old lifter who competed in the 71kg category won Commonwealth Championship gold medal with a total lift of 230kg.
She also won a world bronze medal in the clean and jerk with a lift of 130kg and she set two new Youth World records in the clean & jerk and total respectively with a lift of 127kg which she improved to 130kg in her 3rd attempt.
She also set another world youth record in the total with a lift of 230 kg.
Eze Joy Ogbonne is the 4th Nigerian lifter to win gold medal in Commonwealth Championship at the ongoing IWF World Championship.
She joins compatriots, Stella Kingsley, Olarinoye Adenike Adijat and Lawal Rafiatu Folashade in the gold medal chart.
Eze who won three gold medals in the 2019 Africa Games in Morocco while speaking with the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF media before her Monday competition said her motivation was to win.
Currently Nigeria have 4 medals in the IWF – a silver and three bronze while she has five medals on the Commonwealth Championship – 4 gold and a silver.
Nigeria will today seek to consolidate her medal hauls as Liadi Taiwo will compete in the 76kg women category.
She will weigh in by 9am, (1pm Nigerian Time) while competition will start two hours later by 3pm