Paralympics: Nigeria wins another gold

This Paralympics games might be Nigeria’s best outing since its debut in Barcelona 1992.

Nigeria won another gold medal in power-lifting, on Tuesday, at the ongoing 2012 London Paralympics.

Team Nigeria power-lifter, Obiji Loveline, won the gold medal in the Women’s – 82.50kg with her total lift of 145kg, ahead of Mahmoud Randa of Egypt who grabbed silver with a lift of 140kg. The bronze medal went to China’s Xu Yanmei, who lifted 129kg.

Tuesday’s addition of another gold medal ensured that Team Nigeria remains the leading Africa country on the over-all medal table. Nigeria now has five gold medals, five silver medals and 1 bronze medal making a total of 11 medals so far at the games.

The country’s contingent are now just two gold medals away from the seven achieved at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, which still remains the best outing for Nigeria since her debut in Barcelona 1992.

Earlier on Tuesday, Jegede Opeyemi competed in the Men’s -82.50kg category at the ExCel – South Arena, and he lifted a total of 205kg to finish 4th behind Mathana Metwaly of Egypt who lifted 227kg to win bronze.

The gold medal went to Farzin Majid of Iran with a lift of 237kg and China’s Gu Xiao Fei took silver after his total lift of 228kg.

More Nigerian athletes are expected to shine as action continues Wednesday in London.

The London 2012 Paralympics will run through September 9 when the closing ceremony will take place.

The Peoples Republic of China remains the highest ranked country on the medals table with 47 gold, 32 silver, and 36 bronze medals as at Tuesday evening.


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