London Paralympics 2012: Adesokan lifts Nigeria with 1st Gold medal

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Yakubu Adesokan of Nigeria this afternoon bettered his World Record set in qualifying to take the first Powerlifting gold of the London 2012 Paralympics Games in the Men’s 48kg with a lift of 180kg.

Vladimir Balynetc of Russia lifted 170kg for Silver and Taha Abdelmagid of Egypt settled for the bronze medal with a lift of 165kg.

Adesokan, the world number one ranked lifter, came to London as the pre-event favourite after lifting a world record weight of 177kg at the Fazza International Powerlifting Competition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

The 33-year-old lived up to his reputation this afternoon as he broke countryman Ruel Ishaku’s Paralympic record of 169kg from Beijing 2008 by three kilos in his first lift.

The Ibadan-born athlete did not stop there as, roared on by the crowd, he broke his own world record with a lift of 178kg in just his second attempt.

That record only lasted a matter of minutes, though, as Adesokan went on to lift 180kg – almost four times his own bodyweight – to take gold in style.

“I feel overjoyed,’ he said. ‘I went through a lot of training. I have been training for two months in Korea.

“Once I went through that training, there was no way I was going to fail.

“I can definitely lift more. It is a lot but what I usually lift in training is more than this, like 192kg.”

Adesokan also won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Yakubu Adesokan of Nigeria this afternoon bettered his World Record set in qualifying to take the first Powerlifting gold of the London 2012 Paralympics Games in the Men’s 48kg with a lift of 180kg.

Yakubu Adesokan of Nigeria this afternoon bettered his World Record set in qualifying to take the first Powerlifting gold of the London 2012 Paralympics Games in the Men’s 48kg with a lift of 180kg./ Photo: LOCOG


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