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Mariam Usman (born November 9, 1990) is a Nigerian weightlifter. She competes in the women's +75 kg class, where she is a four-time African Champion and gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games. She also won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships and has competed in three editions of the Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in 2008.

Mariam Usman
Personal information
Born (1990-11-09) November 9, 1990 (age 28)
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight122 kg (269 lb)
Sport
Country Nigeria
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)+75kg
Turned pro2007
Updated on October 15, 2016.

BiographyEdit

Usman was born in Kaduna, Nigeria and took up weightlifting as a way to combat harassment that she received from boys.[1] She debuted on the international scene in 2007, where she took silver in all three categories of the +75 division at the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria[2] and finished 9th at the World Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She then qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China by winning the +75 kg class at the 2008 African Weightlifting Championships in Strand, South Africa.[3]

At the Beijing Games Usman competed in the +75 kg division and finished fifth, but was upgraded to a bronze medal after the silver and bronze medalists from that event, Olha Korobka and Mariya Grabovetskaya, were suspended in August 2016 after testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.[3][4] She came in fifth at the 2009 World Championships in Goyang, South Korea and then took silver overall at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. She improved to first at the 2011 Commonwealth and African Championships and took overall bronze at the 2011 World Championships held in Paris, France.[3]

Usman qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by winning the +75 kg division at that year's African Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, but in London failed to complete the Clean & Jerk portion of the event and did not place. She was more successful in the ensuing years, however, taking gold at the 2013 Commonwealth Championships in Penang, Malaysia and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. At the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, however, she slipped to silver and finished 17th at the World Championships in Houston, Texas.[3]

Nonetheless, Usman won the 2016 African Championships, held in Yaounde, Cameroon, and was part of Nigeria's delegation to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There she finished 8th among 16 competitors in the +75 kg category.[3] Usman blamed her performance on lack of training opportunities offered to her in Nigeria and stated that she would no longer compete internationally for her home country.[5]

Senior level resultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2008  Beijing, China +75 kg 115 115 120 6 145 150 156 4 265 5
2012  London, United Kingdom +75 kg 125 129 133 3 160 160 160 - - -
2016  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +75 kg 115 120 120 11 145 150 152 8 265 9
World Championships
2007   Chiang Mai, Thailand +75 kg 110 115 117 7 135 140 140 10 257 9
2009   Goyang, South Korea +75 kg 105 110 115 6 135 140 145 5 260 5
2011   Paris, France +75 kg 117 117 121 5 151 156 160   273  
2015   Houston, United States +75 kg 110 115 120 18 145 145 145 15 260 17
African Games
2007   Algiers, Algeria +75 kg 110 110 118   133 138 142   248  
2015   Brazzaville, Congo +75 kg 116 121 122   150 155 156   266  
Commonwealth Games
2010   Delhi, India +75 kg 115 120 120   140 150 150   255  
2014   Glasgow, Scotland +75 kg 115 120 125   145 150 155   280  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maryam Usman". Organizing Committee of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  2. ^ "9th All-Africa Games" (PDF). Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation. 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  3. ^ a b c d e "USMAN Maryam NGR". International Weightlifting Federation. 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  4. ^ "Public Disclosures". International Weightlifting Federation. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  5. ^ "I won't represent Nigeria again – Usman". Vanguard. Lagos. 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-10-15.