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Powerlifting: Nigeria’s Ezuruike clinches gold, sets records at African Open

Roland Ezuruike has won Nigeria’s first medal at the Cairo 2022 African Powerlifting Open Championships in Egypt.

The four-day competition began today in the Egyptian capital and will end on Sunday.

Competing in the men’s up to 54kg category, Ezuruike won the gold medal and set Legend and African records with a lift of 172kg.

He won gold ahead of Egypt’s Taha Abdelmajid (silver) and Cote d’Ivoire’s Alidou Diamoutene.

In another event today, Algeria’s Hadj Ahmed Bejour won gold in the men’s up to 49kg category, with Egypt’s Adel Abdalla Elhout claiming silver and Angola’s Pedro Adao taking bronze.

The first gold of the competition was won earlier in the day fittingly by an Egyptian athlete.

The hosts’ Sabah Mohamed snatched gold in the women’s up to 55kg category, while Awa Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire won silver and Morocco’s Halima Lemtakhem settled for bronze.

The competition has in attendance 166 athletes (104 male and 62 female lifters) from 27 countries in Africa and beyond.

World Paralympics says it is the biggest African Championships in history and the biggest powerlifting competition hosted on Egyptian soil.

It also marks the first time the event will be open to participants beyond the continent.

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