Nigeria’s medal haul at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday increased to five – all from power lifting – after Folashade Oluwafemiayo claimed gold in the women’s 86kg category.
She also set a new Paralympics record after she lifted 152kg in the Japanese capital, breaking the former world record (151kg) she set on March 28 in Manchester.
In Tokyo, China’s Zheng Feifei took the silver medal with a 139kg lift, as Sugden Loiuse of Great Britain won bronze following a 131kg lift.
Oluwafemiayo expressed happiness with her performance at the games, saying she owed it to God.
“I feel very, very great,” Oluwafemiayo said. “I thank God because it was God all this way; not by my own power, but by the power of God.
“He was giving me grace, and I give him the admiration for standing right behind me. I’ve been asking for this from God, and he gave it to me.”
The 32-year-old becomes the third Nigerian athlete to win gold in the competition, following in the footsteps of Tijani Latifat and Bose Omolayo.
The country also has two bronze medals from power lifting.