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Paralympics: Nigeria’s Ejike wins bronze in women’s powerlifting

Author:
Remi Sulola

Nigeria’s Lucy Ejike has won a bronze medal in the women’s Para Powerlifting at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympic games.

The Paralympic games record holder claimed Nigeria’s second medal in Tokyo in the 61kg women category on Saturday morning.

Ejike, who successfully lifted 130kg in her first attempt, lost the pole position to Amalia Perez of Mexico, an old-time arch-rival, who lifted 131kg in her final attempt to improve on her 125kg and 126kg first and second attempts.

Kuziena Ruza of Uzbekistan, who improved after failing to lift 126kg in her first and second attempts, won the silver medal with her final lift of 130kg.

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The Nigerian number one was flagged red twice by all three judges in her second and final attempt of lifting 135kg.

However, Nigeria’s Innocent Nnamdi failed to record any score having failed to lift the 200kg in the 71kg men’s category.

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