Nigerian, Yakubu Adesokan Wins Africa’s First Gold In Paralympics

Nigeria set the pace for other African countries at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London on Thursday as a male powerlifter won a gold medal and set a new world record.

World record holder Yakubu Adesokan won the gold medal in the men’s +48 kg powerlifting on Day One of competition at the ExCel - South Arena 3 by lifting 180 kg.

He thus set a new Paralympic and world record to help erase memories of his country’s dismal performances at the Olympic Games at the same venue a few weeks ago. The 33-year-old Nigerian had on Feb. 22, 2012 in Dubai, the UAE set the world record of 177 kg.

Nigeria’s Ruel Ishaku had also held the Paralympic record of 169 kg set on Sept. 9, 2008 at the last Games in Beijing, China. This time around, Adesokan had started off in Group A of the 11-lifter event, and emerged the best after three attempts by each competitor.

He first lifted 172 kg, and then 178 kg, before lifting a record-setting 180 kg.Vladimir Balynetc of Russia won the event’s silver medal with a lift of 170 kg, while Taha Abdelmagid of Egypt won the bronze with a lift of 165 kg

It can be recalled that Nigeria finished the 2012 Olympics without any medal, but it's only the first day in the paralympics, and the country got a Gold medal already..

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