Nigeria’s female powerlifting athlete, Latifat Tijani has won a gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympic Games.
After beating China’s Zhe Cui and lifting 107kg to finish ahead of the competition, the 39-year-old Ogun state native won the medal in the women’s 45kg powerlifting competition. She adds this gold to the one she won in the Brazzaville Africa Games in 2015.
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In 2016, she won a silver medal at the Rio Paralympic Games. She came second in the women’s 45kg category after lifting an impressive 106kg just a kilo behind China’s Hu Dandan who set a new world record with her 107kg lift.
At the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships, she also took bronze in the women’s 45 kg event.
Congratulations Latifat, we’re rooting for you!
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