Rio Paralympics: Ugunwa wins 7th Gold for Nigeria

September 14 14:12 2016

Team Nigeria continued its impressive showing at the ongoing Paralympics in Brazil on Tuesday by winning the Gold medal in women’s javelin.

Flora Ugwunwa won Nigeria’s 7th Gold medal in women’s javelin – F54   in style by setting a new world record.

She recorded a throw of 20.25 metres after six attempts,  taking Nigeria’s tally to ten medals- seven gold, two silver and one bronze.

Ugwunwa beat a field of nine to set new Paralympic and world records, while Tunisia’s Hania Aidi won the silver medal with a throw of 18.88m.

South Africa’s Ntombizanele Situ won the bronze medal with a heave of 17.90m.

Ugunwa triumphed on a day Nigerian athletes recorded  relatively poor outings across the Games.

In power-lifting men’s -88kg, Opeyemi Jegede could only place fifth, while Abdulazeez Ibrahim placed sixth in power-lifting men’s -97 kg.