Latifat Tijani Wins Nigeria’s First Gold Medal In Tokyo Paralympics

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Nigerian Tijani Latifat has wins gold in the ongoing 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo in Powerlifting. She participated in the Women’s -45 kg Final, TIJANI Latifat became the first athlete to pick Nigeria’s medal in Tokyo2020, sshe picked the gold medal after her first lift of 105kg was disallowed.

The Ogun state born athlete, came back strong with burning enthusiasm to write her name in gold with her second attempt of 105kg and her third attempt was 107kg but she did that in a style with 117kg in her fourth attempt getting close to world record of 118kg to lift the first medal for team Nigeria in Tokyo.

TIJANI Latifat
Date of Birth: 8 Nov 1981
Age: 39
Gender: Femal
Sport Class: PWL
Birth Country:
Nigeria
Place of residence : LAGOS
Residence Country:
Nigeria
Occupation: Athlete
Languages spoken: English
Club name: Ogun State [Abeokuta, NGR]
Coach: Feyisetan Are [national]
Debut: 2015 for Nigeria (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Start: She began powerlifting in 2004 in Ogun State, Nigeria. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Reason: “To become a champion.” (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Ambition:
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 08 Aug 2018; vanguardngr.com, 08 Oct 2016)
Hero: Nigerian Para powerlifter Lucy Ejike. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Influence: Coach Kemi Orebola. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Award: In 2019 she received a Sporting Achievement award from the Ogun State Para Powerlifting Association in Nigeria. (naijaonlinetv.co.uk, 27 Aug 2019)
General Interest:
Origin of Impairment
Acquired (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Impairment Details
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)