Nigeria’s female powerlifting athlete, Latifat Tijani has won a silver medal at the ongoing Rio Paralympic Games. Tijani 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.
Nigeria won all her six medals at the London 2012 Paralympics in the powerlifting event with four gold and silver and the athletes are poised to repeat the same feat in this year’s competition.
Tijani has set the pace for other athletes who are vying for honours at the Rio Paralympics.
This will also come as a big slap on the face of the able-bodied Olympians who failed to win more than a medal (the football event) at the recently concluded Olympics.