Latifat Tijani Bags Gold in Powerlifting At Tokyo Paralympics

L-R Zhe Cui, Latifat Tijani, Justyna Kosdryk

Team Nigeria won its first medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics after Latifat Tijani won gold in the women’s powerlifting earlier on Thursday.

Competing in the  -45kg, Tijani lifted 107kg to better her silver medal at the Rio 2017 games.

China’s Zhe Cui finished second with a lift of 102kg while Justyna Kosdryk was third after lifting 101kg

Tijani attempted to set a new Paralympics Record on her 4th attempt, trying to lift 117kg but failed to do so.

Her best lift of 107kg is a little short of the PR of 108kg set by China’s Dandan Hu in 2016.

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