Nigeria powerlifter sets new record and takes gold

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Gold medalist Josephine Orji of Nigeria poses with her medal

Nigerian powerlifter Josephine Orji has set a new world record and won the country’s eighth gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

The 37-year-old Paralympian lifted 154kg to win her medal in +86kg powerlifting event.

Her lift of 160kg set a new world and Games records.

Nigeria’s Paralympians are proving a powerhouse, especially in powerlifting – something the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) noted on Twitter:

WOOOOOOOOOOOW Nigeria does it again! medal and new world record for Josephine Orji who lifts 154 kg in the Women’s +86 kg


On Tuesday, another Nigerian Paralympian, Flora Ugwunwa, set a world record  – in the women’s javelin F54 event.

Nigeria now has 11 medals in total – eight gold, two silver and one bronze.

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