Queen Obuh, President of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation on Monday, commended athletes who represented the country at the World Para-powerlifting Africa Championships in Algiers.
Thirteen athletes won 11 gold and two silver medals for Nigeria at the event, which ended on Sunday.
“I am grateful to God that under my watch, the athletes have been able to do more for the country.
“They have done what they know how to do which is winning and such a brilliant performance deserves commendation and reward.
“With this performance, Nigeria is the only country in the world that has won 11 gold medals in any international para-powerlifting competition in the world.
“We are calling on corporate bodies to support our athletes because such support will not be a waste of money,” she said.
Ronald Ezeruike, 2018 Commonwealth gold medalist, won a gold medal in the 54kg class.
Also, Latifat Tijani won the third gold medal for Nigeria in the women’s 45kg category, after defeating Algeria’s Samira Guerioua.
Three-time Commonwealth Champion, Esther Oyema, won another gold medal in the Women’s 55kg, sending a strong signal ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games.
Bose Omolayo sets a new world record in the women’s 79kg. She lifted 139.5kg to smash a previous record set at 138.5kg.
Another athlete, Yakubu Adesokan, who missed the 2016 Rio Paralympics, as well as 2018 Commonwealth Games, returned by winning a gold medal in the men’s 49kg class.
Other powerlifters; Shade Oluwafemiayo, Loveline Obiji, Latifa Tijani and Esther Onyema also ruled their categories, while Kehinde Paul, Innocent Nnamdi and debutant, Ebere Okpala also won gold in their respective categories.
The Africa Championships is one of the qualifying championships for the 2020 Paralympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.