Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Nigeria wins first gold at Tokyo Paralympics as Latifat Tijani defeats China’s Zhe Cui in powerlifting and Yakubu Adesokan comes fourth.

At the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics Games, Latifat Tijani has won the first gold medal for Nigeria. 

Latifat Tijani, the gold medalist at the Brazzaville 2015 Africa Games and silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics,

took part in the women’s 45kg powerlifting on Thursday, August 26, 2021, and came top place, winning gold.

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

Also, Yakubu Adesokan has come fourth at Tokyo Paralympics, after missing out on a Bronze medal in the men’s -49kg Powerlifting,

finishing 4th with his best lift of 155kg.

Adesokan tried carrying 161kg on his last attempt to snatch Bronze from Azerbaijan’s Parvin Mammadov

who lifted 156kg but couldn’t lift it.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Nigeria wins first gold at Tokyo Paralympics as Latifat Tijani defeats China’s Zhe Cui in powerlifting and Yakubu Adesokan comes fourth.

Jordan’s Omar Qarada won the gold medal with a lift of 173kg while the silver medal was won by Le Van Cong of Vietnam.

Ibrahim Dauda will be action in the men’s 59kg event on Friday while on Saturday Nnamdi Innocent will be in action in the 72kg.

Adesokan is not a newcomer in the Paralympics scenes as he won the gold medal in the -48kg event at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Tokyo Paralympics: Nigeria wins first gold at Tokyo Paralympics as Latifat Tijani defeats China’s Zhe Cui in powerlifting and Yakubu Adesokan comes fourth for Men powerlifting.

By Taiyelolu A

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