Nigerians celebrate, as Paralympic athletes rake more gold

Nigerians celebrate, as Paralympic athletes rake more gold

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Nigerians are still celebrating the feat of Team Nigeria’s 11 medals at the on-going Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil. The disabled team has won eight gold, two silver and bronze medal in the fiesta.
The latest feat came from Josephine Orji, on Wednesday after she shattered the World Record with a lift of 160 kg to win gold in the Women’s -84kg Power-lifting event,Rio, Brazil, thus making Nigeria’s gold to 8 at the event. Nigeria now has 11 medals overall and is now 10th on the medals table.
The latest gold for Nigeria came off a dominant display from Orji who literally ran a one-sided show in the Women’s -84kg Power-lifting event The Nigerian power-lifter was miles ahead of the other competitors as Poland’s Marzena Zieba who won Silver, finished with a mark of 134kg.
Netherlands’ Melaica Tuinfort who claimed the Bronze medal had a best mark of 130kg. Orji showed that she was in for serious business from the start as she opted to enter the competition at 151kg. That weight was the highest entered by any competitor thus forcing others to fight for the other medal spots as they didn’t come close to 150kg.
Cheered on by her compatriots and other fans in the stand, Orji activated her 4th attempt as she went for 160kg. Although she lifted the 160kg to set the World Record, the official mark at the end of the competition remained the 154kg she lifted in her third attempt.

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