Rasaq Tanimowo of Nigeria won a gold medal at the 2017 AAU Weightlifting Championship held in Las Vegas, US.
Tanimowo representing West coast weightlifting with clean and Jerk 130kg and Snatch 100kg retained the title won last year.
The junior commonwealth champion in a chat with aclsports.com said he feels fulfilled retaining the title.
He pledged total allegiance to Nigeria promising to always respond to call up from his fatherland.
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The All Africa Games silver medalist said, “I’m happy after leaving the shores of the country, I’ve been able to participate in 4 weightlifting Championship and earned an international call last September”
“I would have featured in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Gold Coast, Australia but could not due to reasons beyond my control. I promise to always heed to the call of Nigeria at any point”, Tanimowo told ACLSports.com.
Tanimowo in 2016 set a new record in his weight class 56Kg at the championship with clean and Jerk 132kg and Snatch 95kg.
The Asaba born lifter failed to participate at the 2016 Olympics championship held in Yaounde, Cameroon after the male team were technically knocked out of the race through the refusal of the ministry to release funds to Nigeria weightlifting Federation.
He also placed sixth (6th) at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland.