Esther Onyeama won Nigeria’s 3rd medal on Day 3, Saturday, at the ongoing 2016 Rio Paralympics as she lifted 127kg to win Silver in the 54kg Women’s Power Lifting event.
Onyeama smashed the World & Paralympic record lifting 127kg in her second try after her initial failed first attempt but her effort was quashed when Mexico’s Amalia Perez lifted 128kg, to have the Nigeria chasing the mark.
Onyeama failed to lift 130kg in her third attempt after Perez lifted the 130kg to win Gold setting a new World record.
On Day 2, Latifat Tijani who competed in the women’s -45kg class in the Powerlifting event won the nation’s first medal winning Silver with a mark of 106kg, having been denied GOLD by China’s Dandan Hu who set a World and Paralympic Record (PR) of 107kg to win GOLD.
Roland Ezuruike also went further by striking Nigeria’s first GOLD medal at the Rio Paralympic Games, dominating the men’s -54kg to emerge victorious in the event. The Glasgow 2014 Silver medallist was no match for his competitors, setting Paralympic Records (PR) in each of his three attempts, before making an unsuccessful attempt at the World Record (WR) of 205kg.
Emmanuel Chinedu in Group D of the men’s Singles Class 4 in the Table Tennis event wasn’t quite successful as he lost , It was same for Ahmed Koleosho who was outclassed by Ukraine’s Vasyl Petruniv in Class 3 Group E, also in the men’s Table Tennis event.
Meanwhile in the Athletics event, Hannah Babalola missed out on a podium finish after placing 7th in the women’s T54 category of the 100m. Babalola will be looking forward to a better performance in the 800m, which comes up on Saturday, September 17th.
Still to come for Nigeria on Day 3 are ;
Faith Obiora who will be in action in the Quarter-final of the Women’s Table-Tennis Class 5 Singles against Bian Zhang of China after finishing 2nd in her group.
Paul Kehinde will be also be in action in the Men’s -65kg Power-Lifting event.