Nigerian female weightlifter, Alice Oluwafemiayo, on Sunday broke the world record at the ongoing World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico.
Oluwafemiayo won after lifting 140kg in her first three attempts. In her fourth attempt, she broke the earlier world record in the category – set by her compatriot Loveline Obiji in 2014 – by lifting 145kg.
Nigeria have thus won their first medal at the competition. The team have 11 powerlifters in Mexico.
China’s Feifei Zheng (130kg) claimed silver at her first major international competition, while Egypt’s 2010 world champion Geehan Hassan (125kg) completed the podium.
On breaking the record, she said: “I feel very happy, it was not something I was expecting,” said Nigeria’s newest world champion.
In a chat with aclsports.com, the coach, Patience Igbiti said, “this is one of the reasons why Nigeria should not miss any tournament. We have the best lifters in the world”.
“Alice has set the pace and I’m optimistic others will follow her footsteps because we trained so hard for this championship after missing two this this year” she said.