New Women’s 45kg champion, Loveth Abokin said winning the gold medal ahead of former National Champion, Rukayat Ajiboye was a tough battle.
Abokin failed to lift her first attempt but proceeded to lift 93kg in her second attempt. She further failed lifting 102kg in her third attempt but won gold due to her body weight (42.75kg).
Abokin who is making her first appearance for Nigeria at an International Championships told www.aclsports.com that the road to success was a tough one.
She said, “I am extremely happy to win a gold medal in my first appearance in the colours of Nigeria at the International Championships. The preparations was stressful and worth it because the road to success is not easy.
“The arena of the championship was like a battlefield because I was facing the National Champion”.
Abokin said her target is to represent Nigeria at upcoming International Championships.
The Edo born lifter said, “My target now is to train harder and not to miss any World Championships Nigeria will be attending. I started Powerlifting in 2011 but was not stable due to my studies”.
Loveth Abokin who hails from Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo state read Religious management and Cultural studies at Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma.
She won silver at the 2012 National Sports Festival in Lagos and 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja.