Nigeria has emerged the overall winner in the 2012 African Weight lifting Championship. Nigerian athletes won a total of nineteen (19) gold, eighteen (18) silver and three (3) bronze medals.
Two female lifters, Mariam Usman and Chineye Fidelis set new African and Commonwealth records in the plus 75kg and 53kg weight categories respectively.
By this feat, the two have also clinched the title of the best female lifters of the tournament, while another Nigerian male, Felix Ekpo won the prize for the best male athlete in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Team Nigeria has also come out tops as the best team of the Continent in weight lifting clinching the two slots to field any two athletes in the 2012 Olympics Games. This is the maximum number of slots given at Continental qualifications.