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Omolayo sets new record to win Nigeria’s second Tokyo Paralympics gold

TEAM Nigeria claimed their second gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on Sunday with a new record.

Bose Omolayo, competing in the -79kg of women’s powerlifting, won the gold medal and set a new Paralympics record.

She lifted 141kg to break the 138kg record she set at the Rio 2016 Olympics when she also won gold.

Omolayo beat Ukraine’s Oliinyk, who lifted 133kg, to silver, while Russia’s Vera Muratova won bronze with 132kg.

The Nigerian even made an attempt for the world record with 144kg, but it was too much for her, and she was happy with her gold and the new Paralympics record.

Omolayo’s gold is Nigeria’s second at the Tokyo Paralympics and the country’s fourth medal overall, including two bronze medals.

Interestingly, all of the medals have come from women’s powerlifting.

Nigeria even hunted for more women’s powerlifting medals on Sunday but Paulina Okpala did not make the podium in the -73kg category.

She placed sixth with her best lift of 124kg, having been unable to lift 131kg that could have taken her to the medal zone.

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