USMAN Mariam < Back  
Sport Weightlifting
CGA Nigeria   
Gender Women
Born 09 Nov 1990 in Kaduna, NGR
Height1.66 m
Weight 122 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Son Abdullah
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Physical Education - Kaduna State Polytechnic: Nigeria
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She has been involved in the sport since 2007.
Why this sport? "I decided to become a weightlifter because of the intimidation from boys. I felt I needed to earn some respect from males and let them know that women can be like them too."
Club / Team Team Kaduna: Nigeria
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Nigeria
Tournament All Africa Games
Location Algiers, ALG
General Interest
Nicknames Heavyweight (Athlete, 18 Nov 2010)
Hobbies Sport development, youth and women empowerment. (Facebook page, 08 Jun 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement Being awarded the bronze medal for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 05 Nov 2017)
Injuries She struggled with an injured wrist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 18 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "There's nothing wrong in knowing what you want and having the guts to go for it." (Facebook profile, 05 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours She was the flag bearer for Nigeria at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (GNS, 24 Jul 2014)
Other information BELATED MEDAL
She was presented with a bronze medal for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in September 2017. Although she had finished fifth at the Games, due to doping violations she was upgraded to become an Olympic bronze medallist. (, 10 Sep 2017)

She is a vocal campaigner against drug use in sports, and has been teaching younger generations about the dangers of using drugs in sports. "A lot more work needs to be done to completely eradicate the use of drugs in sports. Athletes should also be educated on time because some athletes get doped ignorantly. Regular education about banned substances and drugs should be given to athletes." (, 05 Nov 2017)