As the Rio Paralympics Comes to a Close Team Nigeria Wins Big

rio 2016 paralympicsNigeria’s Paralympics Team made the country proud at the just concluded 2016 Paralympic Games in Nigeria with a team total of eight gold medals.

Sunday’s closing ceremony marked the end of a spectacular games and the rise of legends.

Flora Ugwunwa claimed a gold medal in Women’s Javelin-F54 event. Ugwunwa’s throw of 20.25 meters was enough to win her the gold medal after six attempts. She beat a field of nine to set a new Paralympics and world record, while Tunisia’s Aidi Hania won the silver medal with a throw of 18.88m.

Nigeria came out on top in power-lifting with Lucy Ogechukwu Ejike bringing home gold in the Women’s 61kg weight class, Roland Ezuruike in Men’s 54kg, Paul Kehinde in Men’s 65kg, Ndidi Nwosu in Women’s 73kg and Bose Omolayo in Women’s 79kg. Josephine Orji won gold at the Women’s +86kg class. Also, one gold medal was won in track and field/athletics through Lauritta Onye in Women’s Shot Put – F40/41.

The silver medals came through Esther Oyema in Women’s 55kg and Latifat Tijani in Women’s 45kg both power-lifting events. Bronze medal honors went to Nnamdi Innocent in Men’s Power-lifting in the 72kg class and Eucharia Njideka Iyiazi for Women’s Discus Throw – F56/57.

Omolayo shattered her own world record and set a new one of 138kg to win gold while Ejike smashed the world record thrice to win the gold medal. Kehinde twice broke the men’s -65kg World Record (WR) to win gold while Nwosu on Monday, September 12 beat the defending champion to win. Nigeria’s Roland Ezuruike won gold in power-lifting, lifting four times his weight to set a new Paralympic record (200kg)!

Team Nigeria made major gains in comparison to their able-bodied counterparts on the 2016 Rio Olympics Team that went home with only one bronze medal in Men’s Football.