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Josephine Orji Powerlifter wins Nigeria’s 8th gold medal at Rio 2016 Paralympics

Josephine Orji completely dominated the +86kg women’s finals, lifting 156kg to create a world record.

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Powerlifter Josephine Orji has won Nigeria’s eighth gold medal of the ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Orji completely dominated the +86kg women’s finals, lifting 156kg to create a world record.

She had a huge lead above second-placed Poland’s Marzena Zieba who won Silver with a mark of 134kg, while Netherlands’ Melaica Tuinfort won Bronze with 130kg.

The Nigerian entered the competition at 151kg which was the highest entered in the finals.

 

She failed at her attempt at 154kg but picked herself on the third try to smash a world record.

Although she was successful in an attempt at 160kg, the official mark at the end of the competition remained the 154kg she lifted in her third attempt.

Nigeria now have eight gold medals, two silver and one bronze.

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