Nigeria’s fine run in sports continued Saturday in Malaysia where the nation's weightlifting team won the 2013 Commonwealth weightlifting championship.
Nigeria won a total of eight gold, three silver and three bronze to lift the female championship trophy, while India lifted the male diadem.
Captain of Nigeria's weightlifting team, Miriam Usman has dedicated the trophy they won here to President Goodluck Jonathan, even as she stated that they were propelled by the performance of the nation's soccer teams.
The USA-based lifter noted that they came to Malaysia determined to continue from where the Golden Eaglets and the Super Eagles stopped.
Hosts Malaysia and India with a large contingent of over 100 weightlifters and officials were shocked on the final day when the brilliance of team captain Miriam Usmand Joy Joseph saw Nigeria topping the female medals table.
During the medal presentation, the Indian lifter that won silver could not but shed tears of disappointment, as Miriam's gold did the magic of Nigeria winning the competition, even when Nigeria presented only 14 lifters.