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My Ultimate Goal Is To Win Olympics Gold For Nigeria In Weightlifting – Islamiyat Yusuf

Olayinka Olawole

. Islamiyat Yusuf with her medals

Osun State weightlifting sensation, Islamiyat Yusuf has said her major priority is to win an Olympics gold medal for Nigeria in weightlifting, after finishing top at the recently concluded 18th African Junior Weightlifting Championship in Entenbe, Uganda.

Islamiyat performed excellently well by winning three gold medals for Nigeria at the Championship, as she lifted 65kg in snatch and topped 155kg in the clean/jerk event (twice) and the 90kg category event and both were the best in the category.
Speaking with saharareporterssport.com about her impressive achievements in the competition, the 14-year-old Osogbo-born weightlifter was pleased with her performance in Uganda.
“This is my first year of competing at this level and I am happy with what I could achieve. Just some few weeks before going to Uganda for the African Junior Weightlifting Championship, I won three gold medals for Osun State at the National Youth Games in Ilorin.
“It was really difficult when I started the sport. At first my mother was opposed to my decision and I wasn’t allowed to continue practicing, but I managed to overcome with the help of my coach Rufus Adeyemi .
“My mum said its a hard sports and its not meant for girls and its better for me to choose something easier, but I managed to continue and advance and now am very happy about it,” she told saharareporterssport.com.
Islamiyat was voted best weightlifter at the just concluded games in Uganda and thus will represent Nigeria at the Junior Olympic qualifier in Egypt next year.  But these achievements are merely a stepping stone for the young lady, her ultimate goal is to win an Olympics gold medal for Nigeria in weightlifting.
“If I do well in Egypt, then I have an opportunity to go to the Junior Olympics next year. I am determined and want to win gold for Nigeria at both the junior and senior Olympics. Her coach, Rufus Adeyemi who was also pleased with her performance was ecstatic and showered praises on the Osun State Government for making her dream come true.
“We are thankful to the State Government, the Osun State Sports Council, the commissioner for sports and everyone that gave us the necessary support. We shall continue to put in our best to make sure we win more laurels for both the state and the country as a whole. We know what is at stake and we won’t relent at all.”
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