Tokyo Paralympics: Nigeria’s Obiji wins silver in power lifting

Loveline Obiji

Loveline Obiji

Loveline Obiji’s best lift of 147 kg on Monday was good enough to win a silver medal for Nigeria in the women’s powerlifting +86kg event at the ongoing 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

Obiji recorded her best lift of 147 kg to take the second position in her category.

Deng Xuemei from China placed first with a lift of 153 kg, while Zieba Marzena from Poland lifted 140 Kg to win bronze.

Obiji, born Sept. 11, 1990, competed in the women’s +61 kg event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won a gold medal.

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At the 2016 Summer Paralympics, she won the gold medal in the 86kg category briefly, as Randa Mahmoud’s world record-setting last lift was not allowed.

However, Mahmoud appealed and her lift was allowed giving her the gold medal and the world record. Obiji took the silver.

The 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan, which started on Aug. 24 is expected to end on Sept. 5.

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