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The medals rain continued for Team Nigeria on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as three more medals were added to the country’s tally on Sunday, September 11, 2016.

It will be recalled that four medals had been won in the preceding days, but Team Captain Lucy Ejike ensured that she struck Nigeria’s third GOLD and fifth medal of the competition after winning the women’s -61kg class in the Powerlifting event held at the Riocentro Pavillion 2.

Ejike was in record breaking form, shattering the Paralympic and World Records a massive three times to dominate the rest of the field, exerting revenge over Egypt’s Fatma Omar who denied her the GOLD medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

The second Team Nigeria athlete in action on Sunday, Nnamdi Innocent went on to scoop a Bronze medal in the men’s -72kg class, finishing behind China’s Lei Liu (221kg) and Rasool Mohsin (220kg) of Iraq.

Innocent made two clean lifts in his first and second attempts, lifting 203kg and 210kg respectively, before failing in his third attempt at 215kg. His Bronze medal took Nigeria’s tally to six.

Tolulope Taiwo was billed to compete in the men’s -80kg in Powerlifting but the event was rescheduled to a latter date.

The only Track and Field athlete that competed on Sunday was Lauritta Onye who took part in the women’s Shot put F40 final.

However Onye ensured that she gave a good account of herself, setting two WRs to win Nigeria’s fourth GOLD, and seventh medal at the Paralympics in Rio. Onye’s GOLD is the country’s only Athletics medal at the ongoing Games.


Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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