Adijat Adenike Olarinoye is a weightlifter from Nigeria. She entered the weightlifting scene after representing Oyo State at the National Sports Festival, then went on to win medals for herself and the country on the international stage.
Early Life and Education
Adijat Olarinoye was born on July 14, 1999, in Oyo State, Nigeria. She had her primary and secondary school education in Oyo State, Nigeria before bursting onto the international scene.
She won silver in the women’s 55 kg competition at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She represented Nigeria for the first time at the 2019 African Games, where she won three medals, including two golds in the women’s 55 kg weightlifting competition.
She won gold medals in the women’s 55 kg and 55 kg clean jerk competitions, as well as silver in the 55 kg snatch competition, losing to fellow countrywoman Chika Amalaha for the gold. She also won the overall women’s 55 kg gold medal, defeating Chika Amalaha, who had to settle for silver. Adijat lifted 116 kg at the 2019 African Games on August 26, 2019, setting a new African record in the clean and jerk division of weightlifting.
At the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, she set two new games records, winning gold with 92 kg in snatch and 203 kg overall.
- At the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, London: she won the gold medal with 2 new records: 92 kg in snatch and 203 kg overall.
- The 2021 World Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan: She won the silver medal in the women’s 55 kg event.
- 2019 African Games: she claimed three medals, including two gold and one silver medal in the women’s 55 kg weightlifting event.