LATIFAT TIJANI WINS NIGERIA’S FIRST GOLD MEDAL IN PARA POWER-LIFTING AT THE TOKYO 2020.
Written by Sarah Osanyinlusi on August 26, 2021
Nigeria’s Latifat Tijani has won the country’s first gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympic Games.
she was a Silver medalist at the Rio 2016 games and was also a gold medalist at the Brazzaville 2015 Africa Games.
She improved her performance, lifting 107kg to win gold in the women’s 45kg power lifting and was just one kg short of the Paralympic record set by Hu hadan of China at Rio five years ago.
The thirty nine-year old failed in her first attempt to lift 105 kg but had a successful second attempt before lifting 107 kg in her third attempt.
She took a shot at the Paralympic record when she attempted to lift 117kg in her fourth attempt but was not successful.
Cui Zhe of China came in second with 102 kg while Justyna Kozdryk who finished just outside the medal zone in Rio claimed the bronze medal after lifting 101kg.
Editor: Ena Agbanoma