Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan sets powerlifting world record
A member of Team Nigeria, Yakubu Adesokan, did his country proud yesterday at the on-going African Games in Congo as he set a new world record in the powerlifting event.
Adesokan, a physically challenged athlete, who had won many medals for Nigeria in various international events in the past, set the new record in the Men’s 49kg category as he lifted a massive 182.5kg to win another gold medal for Team Nigeria in the early hours of yesterday.
Speaking with The Guardian shortly after the event, Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Al-Hassan Yakmut, described Adesokan’s feat as ‘wonderful.’
“It was a great achievement for Team Nigeria and I salute Adesokan for that wonderful performance,” Yakmut said. “We are gradually moving up on the medals table and from the look of things, I have the feeling that Team Nigeria can finish top at the end of the Games. I know that Egypt and South Africa are working hard, but I am very sure of turning the tide against them based on performance of our athletes,” he enthused.