Nigeria is riding high in glory in the on-going London 2012 paralympics as contestants are shoving-off a nation’s shame following the summer Olympics proper’s failure to win a medal, bringing more honour as the games enter its third day.
Two more Gold have been won on Saturday after Ivory Nwokorie on Friday won a gold medal in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the women’s – 44kg powerlifting event, lifting an incredible 109kg.
Another Nigerian, Yakubu Adesokan, had won gold on Thursday in the 48 kg weight categories lifting 180 kg to set Nigeria on the path of glory.
Nigeria’s Ikechukwu Obichukwu on Friday won silver in the men’s 52kg powerlifting event while Anthony Ulonnam won silver in the 56kg men’s category.
The Saturday win has brought the total medals won by Nigeria to seven, with three silver in the kitty.
Delighted by her win, Ivory gushed, “I’m very, very happy. I have made my country proud.”
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, london2012.com reports.
The silver medal went to Cigdem Dede of Turkey who managed 105kg on her second lift but was slightly disappointed with her placing.
She said, “‘It would have been better to have won the gold medal but I am very happy to have won the silver.”
Ukraine took the bronze medal with Lydiia Soloviova lifting 100kg on the first lift.
Proving that mental preparation is almost as important as physical training, Mexico’s Laura Gabriel Cerero failed all three attempts, a repeat of the problem she encountered in the Athens Paralympics.
She said, “I don’t know what happened. I trained really hard, but I do not think I put in enough mental training. After the first lift I had a mental block. It happened to me before in Athens but I overcame it then exploded. This time I got blocked and could not go any further. I am going to carry on training and correct my mistakes.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Tunde Adisa was beaten by Frederic Bellais of France in the men’s singles class 9 table tennis event on Friday.
Another athlete, Uwak Unyime, came fourth in the women’s 200m Heat 2.
Others competing for Nigeria on Friday night are Anthony Ulonnam in the powerlifting 56kg; while Suwaibidu Galadima, Yunusa Bashiru and Adedeji Saidi are competing in the men’s 200m heat.