TEAM Nigeria yesterday shot into the lead as the best African country at the on-going Paralympic Games in Rio with three of her athletes winning three more gold medals in the powerlifting and shot put events to bring her total to seven.
Ndidi Nwosu competing in the 73kg of the powerlifting event outclassed her opponents with a lift of 14okg to win gold ahead of Souhad Ghazuoani from France who also lifted 140kg but settled for the silver and Egypt’s Amany Ali who lifted 17kg to get the bronze.
Another Nigerian, Bose Omolayo was the 79kg category champion with a lift of 138kg, beating China’s Lili Xu and Taipei’s Tzu-Hui Lin to the silver and bronze respectively while the third gold came via shot put where Lauritta Onye threw 8.40m to set a new world record.
GOLDEN MOMENT: Onye Lauritta jubilates after winning gold with a new world record in the women’s shot put F40.
With the three gold won yesterday, Nigeria sits atop the African countries with a total of 10 medals (7G, 2S, 1B) while Tunisia is now second with 10 medals (4G, 4S, 2B),
South Africa has eight medals(3G, 3S, 2B), Algeria nine medals(1G, 4S, 4B) and Egypt has seven medals(1G, 3S, 3B).
Meanwhile China maintained her lead on the overall medals table with 41gold, 33silver and 24bronze while Britain with 24 gold is second, Ukraine is third with 19 gold and USA remains fourth with 13 gold.