Rio Paralympics: Tijani Wins Nigeria’s First Medal

Latifat Tijani

Team Nigeria has won its first medal at the ongoing Paralympics through Latifat Tijani who clinched Silver in the women’s – 45kg Power lifting event.

Tijani entered the competition at 101, while other competitors attempted below 100.

The Nigerian lifter made a bright start, lifting101 to smash the earlier existing Paralympics record. But that was short-lived as China’s Dandan Hu set a new one of 102.

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A keen contest ensued between Tijani and Hu. But it was the Chinese that had the last laugh winning gold in style; setting a new World and Paralympics record with 108.0 to finish tops

Great Britain’s Zoe Newson finished behind Tijani to win bronze.


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