15 September 2016

Nigeria: Orji Sets New World Record, Takes Nigeria's Medal Haul to 11

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Team Nigeria.

Josephine Orji yesterday shattered the World Record with a lift of 160kg to win the gold medal in the Women's -84kg Power-lifting event of the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The latest gold medal brings to 8th of Nigeria's haul.

Nigeria now has 8 Gold, 2 Silver and bronze medal bringing a total haul of 11 medals and is presently occupying the 10th position on the overall medals standing and remains number one in Africa.

Earlier on Tuesday, Flora Ugwunwa set a new world record in the women's javelin - F54 event to give Nigeria her seventh gold medal.

She recorded a throw of 20.25 metres after six attempts to win the gold medal and take Nigeria's tally to seven gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

On a day when Nigeria's medals search was looking to be futile after some failure in the favourite hunting ground of power-lifting, the athletics event provided succour.

Ugwunwa beat a field of nine to set new Paralympic and world records, while Tunisia's Hania Aidi won the silver medal with a throw of 18.88m.

South Africa's Ntombizanele Situ completed the African sweep of the event's medals by winning the bronze medal with a heave of 17.90m.

Earlier on Tuesday, Nigeria had been so close but still far from winning any medal on the day after some unsuccessful outings.

In power-lifting men's -88kg, Opeyemi Jegede could only place fifth, while Abdulazeez Ibrahim placed sixth in power-lifting men's -97 kg.

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