Rio Paralympics; Nigerians Expect More Medals


Team Nigeria at the moment are ninth on the overall medals table at the ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The Nigerian Sport ambassadors have continued to win gold medals and also to break and set records in the on-going Rio paralympics. This includes powerlifting, where Nigeria won gold through EJike Lucy in Women’s -61 kg, Ezuruike Roland in Men’s -54 kg, Kehinde Paul in Men’s -65 kg, Nwosu Ndidi in Women’s -73 kg and Omolayo Bose in Women’s -79 kg.  One gold medal was won in Athletics through Onye Lauritta in Women’s Shot Put – F40. The Silver medals came through Oyema Esther in Women’s -55 kg and Tijani Latifat in Women’s -45 kg all in Powerlifting.

Innocent Nnamdi got Nigeria’s only bronze in Powerlifting’s Men’s -72 kg. Omolayo shattered her own world record and set a new one of 138kg to win gold while Ejike smashed the world record thrice to win the gold medal.

Kehinde twice broke the men’s -65kg World Record (WR) to win gold while Nwosu on Monday, September 12 beat the defending champion to win women’s -73kg Powerlifting event.

Team Nigeria still have a good chance of moving further up on the medals table as the likes of Brazil, Australia Netherlands and Uzbekistan just ahead of them have won just one gold medal more.

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