Adijat Adenike Olarinoye won Nigeria’s first gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, on Saturday after lifting a total of 203 kg in the women’s 55 kg weightlifting competition.
Olarinoye won the medal after breaking two records in the women’s 55kg weightlifting Snatch category, lifting 90 and 92 kg in 10 minutes.
Shortly after the gold medallist was honored, the national anthem of Nigeria was played while the flag of that nation was flown.
Bindrayani Sorokhaibam of India and Fraer Morrow of England finished second and third, respectively.
Nigeria nearly got off to a rocky start in the games due to a lack of uniforms. The Nigerian Commonwealth Games squad made an SOS call, and a British sportswear maker had to respond, according to a BBC report.
Before sending his 14 employees into action, Gino Ruffinato, manager of the MG Sportswear company, headquartered in a town close to Birmingham, claimed he initially believed it was a “wind-up.”
“As it progressed, I started getting emails with orders on, so at that point I thought, hang on, I think this is serious,” he told the BBC.
“When they hit us with the deadline saying it needs to be there for Friday and today was Tuesday… there’s all the fabric, the print, the designs to get out in two days. It was a bit hair-raising.”
200 pieces of equipment, such as jogging vests and shorts, staff tracksuits, and even 400 Nigerian badges, had to be made by his team.
Ruffinato claimed that although there had been “panic stations,” his crew had risen to the occasion.