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African Championships – Continental Olympic Qualification Event in Nairobi, Kenya

The Weightlifting Federation Africa held its Executive Board Meeting in the city of Nairobi, Kenya prior to the kick off of the African Championships – Continental Olympic Qualification Event. Dr. Tamas Ajan, IWF President, Dragomir Cioroslan, IWF Vice President and Dato Ong Poh Eng, IWF Executive Board Member participated in the Meeting.

The Opening Ceremony was held in the presence of Kipchoge Keino, NOC President and IOC Honorary Member.

The competition started on March 30 at the Nairobi City Hall with the participation of 49 women and 85 men weightlifters.

Team Nigeria – coached by Patrick Bassey – which is in Nairobi with a full squad of 15 lifters (8 male and 7 female) is billed to slug it out with the biggest threat coming from Algeria and Cameroon.

15 countries are competing at the event, and 4 Continental Records were broken immediately on the first day. Chinenye FIDELIS (NGR) lifted 87kg in the Snatch and ended with 202kg in the Total, being both Junior and Senior African Records.

Check out the results here