World Record holder and three time champion, Esther Oyema on Sunday received an award from the Commonwealth community by LONGINES and a certificate of breaking the world records at the Commonwealth Games.
She is the first female power lifter to receive an award from the Commonwealth community.
Oyema secured a World Record (WR) lift of 131kg on her second attempt at the women’s Lightweight category of the Para Powerlifting event.
The Edo based lifter at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland set a world record in women’s lightweight by lifting 126kg. In 2015, she won a gold medal at the All-Africa Games by lifting 133kg and beating her previous record of 126kg.
She won a gold in 2010 (Delhi, India), 2014 (Glasgow, Scotland) and 2018 (Gold Coast, Australia). In a chat with aclsports.com, Esther Oyema attributed her feat to God and consistent hard work.
Oyema in pidgin English said, “If not be God who I be, when man say is casting down, Lord says is a lifting up. This is my third Commonwealth game and I set World Record in everyone of them. To be a commonwealth champion with records since 2010 is not easy my brother”.
“I want to thank the Commonwealth for dimming it fit to recognize me. I hope my country Nigeria recognises me when I get home”, she said.