Nigeria’s female powerlifting athlete, Latifat Tijani has won the country’s first gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The 39-year-old athlete took the gold in the women’s 45kg powerlifting by defeating China’s Zhe Cui to lift 107kg and finish ahead of the competition. She adds this gold to the one she won in the Brazzaville Africa Games in 2015.
In 2016, she won a silver medal at the Rio Paralympic Games. She came second in the women’s 45kg category after lifting an impressive 106kg just a kilo behind China’s Hu Dandan who set a new world record with her 107kg lift.
At the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships, she also took bronze in the women’s 45 kg event.