Nigeria's female powerlifter, Ivory Nwokorie (M) celebrates her victory with the silver and bronze medal winners
Female powerlifter, Ivory Nwokorie won for Nigeria her second gold medal at the on-going London 2012 Paralympic games after beating Cigdem Dede from Turkey and Lidiia Soloviova of Ukraine who won silver and bronze medal respectively in the women’s 44kg power lifting category.
Despite failing to improve on her first lift, it was to be more than enough to win her the gold, Nigeria’s second for Powerlifting in two days.
“I’m very, very happy. I have made my country proud,” she said.
The silver medallist Dede said: “It would have been better to have won the gold medal but I am very happy to have won the silver.”
Nwokorie qualified for the London Games after she won bronze in the same category at the third Fazaa International Para-powerlifting Championship in Dubai last year.
Meanwhile, two other Nigerians Ikechukwu Obichukwu and Ulonnam Anthony have also won silver medals in the men’s 52kg and 56kg powerlifting category respectively.
On Thursday Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan twice broke his own world record as he romped to powerlifting gold at the London Games.
The 33-year-old came into London as overriding favourite for glory in the men’s -48kg class, having taken the world record earlier this year in Dubai with a lift of 177kg.
He lived up to his billing as he broke countryman Ruel Ishaku’s Paralympics record of 169kg from Beijing by three kilos in his first lift.
“I feel overjoyed. I went through a lot of training. I have been training for two months in Korea. Once I went through that training, there was no way I was going to fail. I can definitely lift more. It is a lot but what I usually lift in training is more than this, like 192kg,” he said
Nigeria now leads the powerlifting medals table with two gold and two silver medals.