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PARALYMPICS VICTORIES AT RIO 2016 – NIGERIANS REACT
The Nigerian team at the on-going paralympic games holding in Rio, Brazil, have won 9 medals with 6 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze, as at the time of filing this report.
The Nigerian Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister. Solomon Dalung as at press time is in transit to join the team at the games.
Nigeria’s female power-lifting athlete Latifat Tijani, who won gold medal at the 2015 All Africa Games, held in Congo Brazzaville, was the first to win medal for the country, as she won silver during the women’s 45kg category.
Afterwards, several others also won various medal such as, Roland Ezuruike, who won gold during the men’s 54 kg category. Female power-lifting athlete, Bose Omolayo, shattered her own world record, creating a new world record during the women’s 79kg category.
Another female power-lifting athlete, Ndidi Nwosu, also won gold medal during the women’s 73kg. An outstanding Nigerian female power-lifter, Esther Onyema, also won silver during the women’s 55kg category, while top Nigerian male power-lifting athlete, Paul Kehinde, who won gold at the power-lifting world cup in Malaysia, 2015, also set a new world record at the Paralympic games, winning gold medal during the men’s 65kg.
Team Nigeria’s captain to the games, Lucy Ejike also set a new Paralympic and world record in the women’s 61kg category. Male power-lifting athlete, Nnamdi Innocent, also won bronze medal, during the men’s 72kg class, held at Rio centro pavilion 2.
While Nigerian shot put athlete Lauritta Onye also won gold during the F-40 category, setting a new world record, during the women’s shot put final, held at Olympic stadium on September 11, 2016, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She is also a Nollywood actress, known in Nigeria as Laury White.
Based on the success the Nigerian Paralympic team have achieved so far in Rio, as against the failure of the Olympic team to clinch beyond the bronze medal won by the Nigerian Under – 23 football team, Nigerians on social media are obviously making their heartfelt opinion known.
A sport journalist, Godwin Aikigbe wrote on social media. “Physically challenged athletes are raking in medals at Rio Paralympic games. Does it mean they were better prepared than their able bodied compatriots, who hinged their inability to rise to the occasion on lack of preparation? “. One of the response he got was, ” it shows that there is an ability in their disability.
They are our saving grace at the Olympic games. I hope the ministry of sports will give them the best support after this tournament “. Another wrote, “May be we all should be physically challenged to make impact at the Olympic”.
Amidst various comments on the Paralympic athletes, a social media user wrote, “glory to God Almighty and a big congratulations to the Paralympic athletes and officials representing Nigeria at the on-going competition in Rio, Brazil. Especially the power-lifting federation.
I’m saying well done to the President, Mr. Sulola Johnson, the Secretary, Mr. Dapo, Coach Are Feyisetan, Coach Patience Igbiti, Coach Kemi Oyebola, Coach Luke and host of others God has been using. You have done Nigeria proud again, well done”.
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