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What I Want From President Jonathan – Golden Girl Usman

Golden girl Maryam Usman is
still savouring her Weightlifting
performance which not only
won her gold but sent
tongues wagging in the
ongoing Commonwealth
Games here in Glasgow.

Maryam dumped her Samoan
opponent Ele Opeloge after
lifting 155 kg to become the
Queen of the Weightlifting of
the Commonwealth Games.
Wednesday, Maryam who is
still being mobbed by athletes
at the Games Village made a
passionate appeal to President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to
host them just as he has done
to footballers.

‘’There is only one thing I
want. I want President
Jonathan to host us just like
he has done to footballers”,
the 75 + kg lifter from
Kaduna requested.

Reflecting on the rivalry
between her and Opeloge,
Maryam confessed that she
was rattled when the Samoan
opted for 161kg to upset her
from winning the gold medal.

‘’I was shocked but prayed
against it. She knew that the
only way to win the gold was
lift more than me. But there is
no way she could have lifted
161kg. She is not a World
Champion. Such lifts are
meant for Champions.

And when she tried and could
not lift it, I fell on my knees
and the rest is history”, she
said, as more athletes queued
to take autographs and others
to take pictures.

Maryam who is making her
second appearance in the
Commonwealth Games was a
silver medalist at the XIX
Games in New Delhi.

‘’I was tired of winning silver
medals. I did not want to win
another silver at the
Commonwealth Games after
winning one in India. I was
focused and did not allow for
distractions. There was more
pressure on me from officials
and athletes. But, I was calm
and I thank God for
answering my prayers”.

Maryam also won three gold
medals at the African
championships in South
Africa. She also scooped
bronze medal at the Paris
championship in 2011 as well
as yet another bronze in
Russia 2012.
‘’I cherish this medal more
than any other medal”, she
said with her trademark smile
that reveals her immaculate
white teeth.
‘’That is why I want our
President to extend his
gesture of hosting footballers
to us. That will spur us to do
more even in the Olympics. It
gives us a sense of belonging
other than thinking that our
country is only appreciative to
footballers”, she said.

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