Nigerian Paralympians End Rio 2016 Paralympics With 12 Medals


Nigerian Paralympians have ended their outing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic with a total of 12 medals.

As the Rio 2016 Paralympics ends today, the Nigerian contingent to the Games have done the country proud with several records broken and 12 medals in the kitty.

Although there were no additional medals for Team Nigeria in the last events on Saturday, the Nigerian paralympians performed remarkably in Rio.

Nigeria’s contingent to the paralympic games proveed once again that there is ability in disability.

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Having left for the 2016 Paralympics on a low key following a not-so-good performance of Team Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The physically-challenged athletes have raised the Nigerian flag high in Rio where they picked up a dozen medals and smashed several world records.

Nigerian Paralympians

The Nigerian Paralympians won a total of eight gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals.

As of Sunday morning, Nigeria was placed 16th on the medal table and number one in Africa.

The competition will end later today with events where Nigerians will not be participating in: marathons and wheelchair rugby.

Nigerian Paralympians Perform Remarkably At Rio 2016 Paralympics

Six Nigerian athletes broke the World Records (WR) in their events.

Some of them did so more than once, while still competing to win Gold.

The Nigerian Paralympians broke world records in powerlifting and athletics.

Nigeria’s first gold medal was won by Ezuruike Roland in the 54kg powerlifting category.

Other gold medal winners include Kehinde Paul, Ejike Lucy, Onye Lauritta, Nwosu Ndidi, Omolayo Bose, Ugwunwa Flora, and Orji Josephine.

Athletes that won silver medals for Nigeria include Tijani Latifat and Oyema Esther.

The bronze medals were won by Innocent Nnamdi and Iyiazi Eucharia.

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With Nigeria’s performance at the games, this may just see Nigeria finish as the top African team at the 2016 Paralympics.

The medals so far received could as well guarantee Nigeria her best ever placement in the Paralympics, 16th.

In the past, the highest mark so far attained by Nigeria in the Paralympic Games was the 22nd position, achieved in Sydney 2000.

Currently, China dominates the medals table, followed by Britain, Ukraine and the United States.

Nigeria ranks 16th on the medals Table.