Mercy Apondi Obiero: Meet Kenya’s Strongest Woman (Photos)

Mercy Apondi Obiero has been labeled the strongest Kenyan woman ever.

She was the first Kenyan woman to ever lift weights at the Olympics and the second from Africa after Uganda’s Irene Ajiambo. The accomplished athlete has been lifting for over 16 years and has had a very impressive career.

Obiero made her international weightlifting debut at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester where she failed to get a result. But she didn’t give up. She came back stronger. Four years later, she participated at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where she finished in 7th place in the up to 63 kg weight class.

Here, she is applying dust on her hands before lifting weights to avoid sliding.

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In 2010, Mercy gave her best performance yet as she competed at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and finished in 5th position in the up to 69 kg weight class.

Obiero went on to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where she qualified and finished 13th in the up to 69 kg category. Her total was only 181 kg.

Then at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she finished in 8th place in the women’s under 69 kg weight class. Truly, she is a hero that should be celebrated a lot more.

You can learn more about her story here.

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