Nigeria’s Bose Omolayo delivered an extraordinary performance as she broke the world record to take gold in the up to 79kg category at the just concluded Nur-Sultan 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Kazakhstan.
The reigning Paralympic champion made a world record-breaking 142kg lift in her third attempt to beat defending world champion and world record holder Xu Lili and claim her first world title. This incredible performance by the Nigerian left the Chinese with silver, and Indonesia’s Siti Mahmudah (118kg) took bronze.
“It wasn’t an easy competition. I was aiming to challenge Lili and the world title. So, once she failed in her second and then third round, I chose to go for word record. And it was all possible because of my faith in God and his miracles,” 41-year-old Omolayo told the media.
In the women’s up to 86kg contest, Nigeria’s Folashade Oluwafemiayo made an impressive 150kg push to take back the World record from China’s Zheng Feifei, who had earlier broken the world record with a 147kg lift.
“Courage is the most important thing in powerlifting. If you have the courage then you can do it. When I saw Zheng went for the record, I said ‘I will go for it too’. And my God’s blessings, I could achieve it,” said the 34-year-old.
Nigeria finished second on the overall final medals table with eight medals (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze) behind China on 16 medals (7 gold, 8 silver and 1 bronze) while Iran finished third with seven medals (3 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze).
The next edition of the World Championships will hold in the city of Eger, Hungary in 2021.