Nigerian Female Weightlifter, Alice Oluwafemiayo broke the women’s +86kg powerlifting world record on Sunday, at the ongoing World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico.
Oluwafemiayo won after clearing the bar at 140kg before lifting 145kg in her fourth attempt to break the world record of 144kg, a feat her fellow compatriot Loveline Obiji had 3 years ago.
“I feel very happy, it was not something I was expecting,” said Nigeria’s newest world champion.
China´s Feifei Zheng (130kg) claimed silver at her first major international competition, while Egypt´s 2010 world champion Geehan Hassan (125kg) won bronze.
Nigeria have thus won their first medal at the competition. The team have 11 powerlifters representing the country in Mexico.
“I believe that Nigeria are the best in powerlifting in the world. The first event of the competition and we have a world record already broken. Nigerians should expect more from the lifters in Mexico because they are capable of doing so,” Feyisetan Are, the National coach said.