And we did it again! Esther Oyema wins gold, breaks world powerlifting record at the Paralympics

by Akan Ido

The Nigerian athletes at the Paralympics Games in London continue to give a good account of themselves with Esther Oyema lifting a 135kg weight in the power-lifting competition setting a new world record in the women’s 48kg category.

Oyema, 30, who was also a gold medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, set the record on Saturday at the ExCeL – South Arena 3.

According to reports, the gold medalist said: “For the Paralympians to bring medals back to our country, they will feel very happy.

“I’m not surprised because I worked very hard for it. I feel very, very good. I decided to be a world beater and to be a champion. I never doubted it.

“There are more records to come. I will keep going, by the grace of God,” she assured.

Her feat made it three gold medals for Nigeria after other powerlifters, Joy Onaolapo, and Yakubu Adesokan won gold in their respective categories.

Yakubu Adesokan, 33, started the record-breaking spree earlier in the competition by lifting a 178kg weight.

Esther Oyema’s sterling performance helps Nigeria retain its remarkable ranking among the top ten medal winning countries in the ongoing games.

We say congratulations to the country’s representatives.

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