Powerlifting: Okpala helps Nigeria to more medals in Algeria

Powerlifting: Okpala helps Nigeria to more medals in Algeria

Nigeria trio of Lucy Ejike, Paul Kehinde and debut girl Paulina Okpala won more gold medals for Nigeria at the ongoing African Para Powerlifting in Algiers, Algeria.

Olaitan Ibrahim and Ibrahim Dauda added silver medals for the country as Nigeria flex muscles at the Championships.

Paralympic champion Lucy Ejike did not disappoint her fans as she took gold on the second day of competition.

Ejike finished top of the podium in the women’s up to 61kg after clearing the bar at 131kg on her third attempt.

The five times Olympian who narrowly missed gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games have returned to winning ways, having previously won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and  Mexico City 2017 World Championships.

Egypt’s duo Amal Mahmoud (108kg) and Gihan Abdelaziz (107kg) placed second and third respectively.

World Record holder, Paul Kehinde gave a good account of himself by winning gold in the men’s up to 65kg.

The 2016 Paralympics champion lifted 195kg, 205 and 210 in his first, second and third attempt. Behind Kehinde is Algeria’s Hocine Bettir with a lift of 187 while Mahmoud Attia placed third with 177kg lift.

Paulina Okpala who is making her first appearance at an international scene won a gold medal in the women’s up to 73kg with a lift of 120kg while Algeria’s Houaria Akib won silver lifting 45kg and 51kg in her 1st and 3rd attempt.

Another debutante, Ibrahim Dauda won Nigeria silver in the men’s up to 59kg after lifting 175kg in his third attempt. Sherif Osman of Egypt won the gold medal with a lift of 206kg.

In the women’s up to  67kg, Fatma Omar of Egypt won gold lifting 125kg and 132kg in the 1st and 2nd attempt while Nigeria’s Olaitan Ibrahim won silver with a lift of 120kg on her first attempt, failing her second and third attempts.

Africa Championships: 4 Gold medals for Nigeria Powerlifters

Nigeria has seven gold and two silver medals on the day two of the ongoing World Para Powerlifting African Championships in Algiers, Algeria.

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