Tijani Earns Nigeria’s First Gold Medal at Paralympic Games

Nigeria’s powerlifter, Latifat Tijani, won the country’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Photo: Latifat Tijani (Twitter)

Nigeria’s female powerlifter, Latifat Tijani, won the country’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, lifting 107kg to beat China’s Zhe Cui.

“I feel bad, because at home I was lifting 126, 127kg,” said Tijani after her performance.

“You can see it on my phone, when I was not able to lift 117 today it pained me.”

“It’s not that much weight, so I was not happy when I missed my first lift at 105kg,” said Tijani after failing on her first attempt.

In 2016, Tijani won a silver medal at the Rio Paralympic Games. She came second in the women’s 45kg category after lifting an impressive 106kg just a kilo behind China’s Hu Dandon, who set a new world record with her 107kg lift.

“I know that the Chinese lifters are very strong, but I promised myself that I would win my gold today. Ever since Rio 2016, when I took silver, that time I said that I would get the gold in Tokyo and I would collect it,” she concluded.

The 39-year-old ensured that Nigeria were the first African country to feature on the Paralympic medal table.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Nigeria’s powerlifter, Latifat Tijani, won the country’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Photo: Latifat Tijani (Twitter)

 

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