What I Want From President Jonathan – Golden Girl Usman

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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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