Nigeria’s Paralympics athletes are already showing a glimpse of what to expect from Team Nigeria as Roland Ezuruike provided the golden moment, winning the 54kg power-lifting event in astonishing manner, on Friday.
Ezuruike’S 200kg lift gave him the lead ahead of China’s Jian Wang, who won silver with a lift of 170kg, and Greece’s Dimitros Bakochristos, who won bronze with 162kg in Brazil. Ezuruike not only won gold but set a new record at the Paralympics, with the previous record standing at 185kg.
Also, Latifat Tijani lifted 106kg to win silver in the women’s 45kg power-lifting event. The Nigerian lifter had made a bright start, entering the competition with 101kg and breaking the existing Paralympics record. But her record was short-lived, as China’s Dandan Hu set a new one of 107kg to win the gold medal. Great Britain’s Zoe Newson got bronze with 102kg.
The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power (e.g. paraplegia and quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome, spina bifida), impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency (e.g. amputation or dysmelia), leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. The Paralympics Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games.
Most astonishing of all is these lifters were able to out-lift their able-bodied counterparts with the same body weight!