New world record delights Oluwafemiayo

New world record delights Oluwafemiayo

Idris Adesina

Nigeria’s Folashade Oluwafemiayo has said she is delighted with her new world record, which she set at the 2018 Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The competition ended on Friday and Oluwafemiayo set a new record after she broke her previous record in the women’s 86kg. She lifted 146kg – a 1kg increase from the mark she had set last year November on her way to gold at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships.

The 32-year-old went for more but failed to lift 149.5kg in her third attempt.

The lifter said she was inspired by the exploits of Paul Kehinde, who also set a new world record in the men’s 65kg at the competition.

“I am happy that I was able to set another record. It was not easy but I thank God that I am able to achieve it. I wanted to make the record higher than that but my final lift was not so clean,” she said.

“When Kehinde set a new record in his event, I thought that I could do the same and I set my mind towards achieving that in my own event as well. It is a thing to be proud of and I am happy about it.

“I believe there is more that we can achieve in the sport as our coach has always told us. He believes in us and his advice has kept us going.”

Jordan’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games silver medallist Tharwh Alhajaj finished second following a 117kg lift.

World champion Oluwafemiayo’s next big goal is the 2018 African Championships in Algiers, Algeria, later in the year. She will face stiff competition for gold from Egypt’s 2010 world champion Geehan Hassan, who sealed bronze at the 2017 World Championships.

Nigeria won four gold to finish joint first with Jordan. Oluwafemiayo, Kehinde, Roland Ezuruike and Esther Oyema won the medals.

Ukraine won two gold and two silver to finish third while hosts United Arab Emirates ended fourth with two gold and one bronze.

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