Paralympics: Omolayo, Nwosu increase Nigeria’s gold medals to six

Nigeria’s gold medals increased to six at the ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympics on Monday after Bose Omolayo and Ndidi Nwosu emerged victorious in the women’s -79kg and -73kg powerlifting event respectively.

Omolayo lifted 138 kg to finish top of her weight category with China’s Lili Xu winning the silver after lifting 135 kg, while Chinese Taipei’s Tzu-Hui Liu claimed the bronze medal with a lift of 131 kg.

Similarly, Nwosu won the gold with a lift of 140 kg ahead of France’s Souhad Ghazouani who won silver also with a lift of 140.

Egypt’s Amany Ali finished third to take the bronze medal after lifting 127 kg.

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Nwosu now joins Roland Ezuruike (men’s -54kg), Paul Kehinde (men’s -65kg) and Lucy Ejike (women’s -61kg) as gold medalists for Team Nigeria in the powerlifting event.

As at Monday evening, Team Nigeria are ninth on the overall medals table at the ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympics with a total nine medals.

Six of the total haul are gold, with two silver and a bronze medal.


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