Omolayo breaks Paralympics record to claim Nigeria's second gold

Omolayo breaks Paralympics record to claim Nigeria's second gold
Bose Omolayo

Bose Omolayo smashed the Paralympics record of 141kg on Sunday to hand Nigeria a second gold medal in the ongoing competition on Tokyo.

The PUNCH reports that Omolayo whoclaimed victory in the women’s 73kg para-powerlifting had earlier lifted 135kg and 138kg.

Had the 32-year-old succeded in her bid to lift 144kg, she would have set a new world record.

The Nigerian however clinched the gold at the expense of Ukraine’s Natalia Oliinyk who won silver with a lift of 133kg, and the Russian Paralympics Committee’s Vera Muratova who won the bronze medal with a lift of 132kg.

Nigeria has now won four medals at the ongoing Games.

Tijani Latifat won Nigeria’s first medal at the Paralympics on Thursday, winning the gold medal in the women’s -45kg para-powerlifting.

She bettered her performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympics — where she won a silver medal — to claim the gold with a lift of 107kg ahead of China’s Zhe Cui and Poland’s Justyna Kozdryk, who won silver and bronze medals with a lift of 102kg and 101kg respectively.

Lucy Ejike and Ibrahim Olaitan also won bronze medals in para-powerlifting on Saturday.

Team Nigeria Captain Ejike won the bronze medal in the women’s 61kg category with a lift of 130kg.

Ejike, who holds the world record in that category, failed in her two other attempts to lift 135kg to settle for the bronze medal behind Mexico’s Amalia Perez and Uzbekistan’s Ruza Kuzieva, who won gold and silver medals respectively with lifts of 131kg and 130kg.

Olaitan also lifted 119kg — failing in her bid to lift 127kg — to win the bronze medal. China’s Yujiao Tan lifted 133kg to win the gold medal, while Egypt’s Fatma Omar lifted 120kg to win the silver medal.

Nigeria are 27th on the medal’s table.

Nigeria’s men’s para-table tennis team will play Argentina in the Round of 16 of Classes 4-5 by 1:00am on Tuesday, while they will play the US in Classes 9-10 of the men’s singles by 2:30am same day.