Despite the minister of sports uncouth remarks against Nigeria’s Paralympic team in Brazil, the team is doing Nigeria proud.
The minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, had in an interview described the Paralympic team as disabled persons.
Well, one ‘Disabled’ person has done Nigeria proud as she has shattered the world record of women’s weightlifting.
Josephine Orji last night broke the world record of the women’s +86kg weight-lifting when she lifted 154kg to win the gold medal.
Her gold medal brings Nigeria’s medal count to eighth at the 2016 Paralympics.
Team Nigeria is comfortably seated in the 10th position on the overall medals table with eight gold, two silver and one bronze.
Poland’s Marzena Zieba came second with 134kg, while Holland’s Melaica Tuinfort got the bronze with her best lift of 130kg.
Orji frightened other competitors when she began with lifting a 151kg weight.
The weight is considered far beyond the capacity of any other competitor in her category.
The only other lifter who came close to her effrontery, Egypt’s Nadya Ali, failed in all her three attempts to lift 145kg.
Despite earning the gold, Orji was determined to break the world record.
She had failed to lift the 154kg twice but made up her mind to bust the world record.
After she broke the world record, she attempted to lift a 160kg weight. It was a fruitless effort.
Earlier in the day, Flora Ugwunwa had won the Women’s Javelin Throw event.
She too set a world record with a throw of 20.25m.
Petit Lauritta Onye won Nigeria’s other track and field gold in the Shot Put event.
Onye’s medal was Nigeria’s seventh at the Rio Paralympic Games.
Team Nigeria’s eight gold, two silver and one bronze haul is better than the Sydney 2000 Paralympics all-time haul of seven gold, one silver and five bronze medals.