Nigeria Emerge 2nd At The 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships

Nigeria has emerged second place winner at the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships with a total of 10 medals held in Mexico city.

China topped the medals table at the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships with five gold, five silver and two bronze. Only two silver medals separated the Chinese from second-place Nigeria. Iran finished third followed by Egypt and Mexico. A total of 20 countries won medals in the World Championships, one more than at Dubai 2014.

The five new world records set in Mexico 2017: Lingling Guo (China) in the women’s up to 45 kg, Lili Xu (China) in the women’s up to 79 kg, Alice Oluwafemiayo (Nigeria) in the women’s up to 86 kg, Van Cong Lee (Vietnam) in the men’s up to 49 kg and Paul Kehinde (Nigeria) in the men’s up to 65 kg.

Olaitan Ibrahim lifted 110kg to win silver in the women’s +67kg while Omolayo Bose lifted 129kg in the women’s +79kg to win silver as well. Rio 2016 Paralympics gold medallist Ndidi Nwosu lifted 120kg to win bronze in the women’s +73kg.

Folashade Oluwafemiayo won gold as she broke the world record in the women’s +86kg while Lucy Ejike won the second gold in the women’s +61kg and former world record holder Yakubu Adesokan won bronze in the men’s +49kg.

In the words of Olaitan Ibrahim:

“I am so happy, this is fantastic. This was my first worlds and I was not expecting to win any medal at all.”

Ndidi Nwosu appraising her performance stated:

“I am not happy at all. I won gold at Rio 2016, so I was expecting to win gold again at Mexico City 2017 but I could only win bronze. I really hope I can do better in my next competition.”

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