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Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan Clinches the Gold Medal in Powerlifting at the London Paralympics 2012



The Nigerian team has done us proud at the London 2012 Paralympics has clinched the gold medal in the powerlifting competition on the first day of the games. 33 year old Yakubu Adesokan set the new world record by lifting 178kg of weights at the men’s 48kg Men’s powerlifting.

We, at BellaNaija, say congratulations to Yakubu and we wish the rest of the team more success as the games go on.

Photo credit: London

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  1. fokasibe

    August 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    GOD bless you Sir!!

    • Laila Ikeji

      August 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      No be small God bless you Sir! What the physically unchallenged cldnt do, the physically challenged can perfectly do, wow us and set new world records join!!! God bless you a zilliong tyms jare!!!

  2. Eugenia

    August 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    congrats bro. up NIGERIA

  3. TRUTH

    August 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    God bless u sir! how ironic is it that the nigerian olympians with two legs, hands and fully functioning brains brought back nothing but those stupid shades they were wearing on that parade “night” smh our Superhumans are reppin is well jorr! Goodluck jona better acknowledge them properly and celebrate them when they bring more medals back to the motherland because i trust they will! go team Nigeria!!!!

    • Janet

      August 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      This is exactly right!!! God bless the super humans that are already breaking world records and bringing home gold medals. THIS SHOULD BE A LESSON, stop the stupid stigmatisation that comes with disabilities. EVERY PERSON IS EQUAL, these athletes that are performing at the paralympics have already achieved greatness. A WORLD RECORD means Yakubu is the best in the world, this is the quality we have in NIGERIA. Goodluck should use this as a lesson and put through potential athletes based on TALENT instead of based on the fact their parents or relatives have money to bribe them into the team, total RORBISH!!!

      WELL DONE YAKUBU, May your God be the beginning of many more.

  4. joel mark

    August 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve proved to be more able than the so called able athletes.

  5. daeni

    August 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    shows society’s description of the physically challenged as DISABLED is completely flawed.

  6. Kach

    August 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Congrats pacesetter…

  7. faith

    August 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Congrats deaR..

  8. Biby

    August 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    We r proud of u yakubu…olympic record,world record all at once!u r a true star and hero,proof dt nothing cld eva stop us from acheiving our dreams.truly inspiring.

  9. spinky

    August 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    well done!

  10. BuBu

    August 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Congrate to all the Nigerian Team. we have another gold, this time from a woman Ivory Nwokorie who won women -44kg weightlifting

  11. brandigest

    August 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    My eyes gathered cloud as I watched this great man do his thing. Congrats true patriot and hero.

  12. hp

    August 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    congratulations yakubu

  13. Oma

    August 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    congrats sir.
    i hope he is well celebrated when he returns home.

  14. konnie

    August 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Good for you. More grease to your elbows. God bless. Inspiring

  15. Tush

    August 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Congratulations! Blessed one

  16. choclate

    September 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Well done!

  17. cathy

    September 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm


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