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Nigeria wins first gold at Tokyo Paralympics


Latifat Tijani

Latifat Tijani, Nigeria gold medalist at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics… Photo: Twitter/MakingOfChams

Nigeria’s Latifat Tijani has won the country’s first gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympic Games.


Latifat won the gold on Thursday in women’s 45kg powerlifting after she defeated China’s Zhe Cui to lift 107kg.

The Nigerian powerlifter was a gold medalist at the Brazzaville 2015 Africa Games and a silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.


However, Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan missed out on a podium placement in men’s 49kg Powerlifting.

Adesokan was a London 2012 Paralympic and 2014 World Para Powerlifting Championships gold medalist.

He finished fourth with his best lift of 155kg in an attempt to snatch Bronze from Azerbaijan’s Parvin Mammadov who lifted 156kg.

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