Flora Ugwunwa Breaks World Record To Give Nigeria 7th Gold In Rio Paralympics

Nigerian paralympic athletes have been excelling where their able bodied compatriots could not with Flora Ugwunwa setting a new world record in the women’s javelin – F54 event on Tuesday at the Rio Paralympics to give Nigeria its seventh gold medal.

It was reported that the 32-year old broke Tunisian Hania Aidi’s World Record (WR) of 18.86m set at the IPC World Championships in Doha last year.

She recorded a throw of 20.25 metres after six attempts to win the gold medal and take Nigeria’s tally to seven gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

Ugwunwa beat a field of nine to set new Paralympic and world records, while Tunisia’s Hania Aidi won the silver medal with a throw of 18.88m.

In power-lifting men’s -88kg, Opeyemi Jegede could only place fifth, while Abdulazeez Ibrahim placed sixth in power-lifting men’s -97 kg