Nigeria’s Latifat Tijani and Roland Ezuruike Grab Silver & Gold Respectively at Rio 2016 Paralympics

Roland Ezuruike

Two of Team Nigeria’s athletes have made their presence known at the ongoing Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Latifat Tijani
Latifat Tijani

Latifat Tijani on Friday, won the country’s first medal at the Games, breaking the paralympic record for the event at the time she lifted 101kg.

She won silver in the women’s 45kg Powerlifting, after lifting 106kg behind China’s Hu Dandan, who set a new world and paralympic record with her lift of 107kg.

Later in the day, Roland Ezuruike, won the first Gold for Nigeria, also smashing 3 records in the process.

Roland Ezuruike
Roland Ezuruike

His first lift of 185kg broke the previous Paralympic record in the men’s -54kg.

He extended it with his second lift of 190kg, and the moved it further to 200kg.

No other athlete was able to surpass his first lift of 185kg.





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