Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Latifat Tijani Wins First Gold Medal for Nigeria
Latifat Tijani has won Team Nigeria her first medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games. The Nigerian won gold in the women's powerlifting competition on Thursday, August 26th, 2021.
She competed in the -45kg lifting 107kg surpass her silver medal at the Rio 2016 games. China's Zhe Cui finished in second place lifting 102kg while Justyna Kozdryk won the bronze medal after lifting 101kg.
Tijani was on the verge of setting a new Paralympics record on her 4th attempt by trying to lift the 117kg but could not achieve that feat.
Yakubu Adesokan could not get himself a medal in the men's -49kg as he finished fourth with his best lift of 155kg. He attempted to lift the 161kg on his last attempt to win the Bronze but he lost that post to Azerbaijan's Parvin Mammadov, who lifted 156kg.