Paralympics: Team Nigeria wins first medal

Team Nigeria has won its first medal at the ongoing Paralympics through Latifat Tijani who clinched Silver in the women’s – 45kg Power lifting event.

Tijani entered the competition at 101kg, while other competitors attempted below 100kg.

The Nigerian lifter made a bright start, lifting101kg to smash the earlier existing Paralympics record. But that was short-lived as China’s Dandan Hu set a new one of 102kg.

A keen contest ensued between Tijani and Hu. But it was the Chinese that had the last laugh winning gold in style; setting a new World and Paralympics record with 108.0kg to finish tops.

Tijani lifted 106kg to come second.

Great Britain’s Zoe Newson finished behind Tijani to win bronze.

More Nigerian Paralympic athletes are taking part in games on Friday in Rio and the country is expected to win more medals.


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