Tijani is ecstatic about Nigeria’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics, which he describes as a “promise fulfilled.”
Latifat Tijani, the winner of Nigeria’s first gold medal at the 2017 Paralympic games in Tokyo, is overjoyed with her new achievement. Tijani expressed pride in demonstrating to Chinese powerlifters that Nigerians are stronger. She added that losing a gold medal to a Chinese competitor in Rio 2016 motivated her to strive even harder to capture gold at the Olympics. “I’m really delighted and grateful for what I just accomplished,” Latifat remarked. I pledged to bring the gold home, and I thank God for assisting me in doing so this year.
“I know the Chinese lifters are quite strong, but I promised myself that I would win gold today. Since Rio 2016, when I took silver, I’ve stated that I will get the gold in Tokyo and collect it. “I was determined to succeed. I was training nonstop. “I dedicate my Gold medal to my humble and hardworking coach, who is constantly pushing and motivating me. He keeps me on my toes and forces me to concentrate.” Latifat Tijani won the women’s -45kg powerlifting event on Thursday, putting Team Nigeria on the medal stand. The 39-year-old Ogun native won the competition’s gold medal with a top lift of 107kg at the Tokyo International Forum. Tijani failed his first attempt at 105kg, but succeeded on the second.
She went on to lift 107kg in her third attempt, falling one kilogram short of China’s Paralympic record set at the Rio Games by Hu Dandan. Tijani was followed in the tournament by China’s Cui Zhe, who lifted 102kg for the silver medal. Justyna Kozdryk of Poland took bronze with a lift of 101kg.