Athletics

Tokyo Paralympics: Nigeria win first gold medal

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

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

She won the gold on Thursday in women’s 45kg powerlifting.

Tijani defeated China’s Zhe Cui to lift 107kg.

Latifat Tijani was gold medalist at the Brazzaville 2015 Africa Games and silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, who will also be in the women’s 45kg straight gold medal contest same day.

On his part, Team Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan missed out on a podium placement in men’s 49kg Powerlifting.

He finished fourth with his best lift of 155kg.

Adesokan attempted 161kg on his last attempt to snatch Bronze from Azerbaijan’s Parvin Mammadov who lifted 156kg, but failed to lift it.

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

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