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#Rio2016 #Paralympics: Flora Ugwunwa wins Nigeria’s 7th Gold Medal

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Flora Ugwunwa

Flora Ugwunwa

Flora Ugwunwa set a new world record in the women’s javelin – F54 event on Tuesday at the Rio Paralympics to give Nigeria its seventh gold medal.

She recorded a throw of 20.25m after six attempts to win the gold medal and take Nigeria’s tally to seven gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

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 completed the African sweep of the event’s medals by winning the bronze medal with a heave of 17.9m.

Earlier in the day, Nigeria had been so close but still far from winning any medal on the day after some unsuccessful outings.

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10 Comments

  1. Prince

    September 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I think Nigeria should just concentrate on Paralympics alone. These people have been making us proud while those that see themselves as complete are total bullshit.

  2. Jo

    September 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

    A worthy feat indeed! Congratulations to all our athletes. Most of the complaints of our athletes to the Olympics bordered on inadequate preparation and lack of support. Our athletes to the Paralympics must be getting something right to achieve what they have achieved.

  3. Temi

    September 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Congratulations!! And THANK YOU…Flora.

  4. Anon

    September 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Many congrats.

  5. aurora

    September 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    well done!!! so much talent in disability,. im so proud of these Olympians. in a country like Nigeria where much isnt given or expected of them .
    they have exceeded all our expectations and then some..
    God bless them abundantly and continue to make them a source of pride to their families, friends and to Nigeria.

  6. KIMONO

    September 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    With all the crap happening in this Buhari-led govt…some good news at least. Soooo proud! congratulations!!!

  7. kristin

    September 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Congratulations to our athletes!!!

  8. Anonymous

    September 14, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Congratulations great ones. Buhari will you not send a message of encouragement to these ones? Go for gold or something??

  9. nnenne

    September 15, 2016 at 3:43 am

    How many of these people are Igbos?
    Let hear someone scream “Igbo” when something bad happens.
    If you must scream for bad, scream for good too.
    Don’t make it look like my people only do bad things. We are very much part of Nigeria ‘so successful stories in all aspects of life!!!!

  10. nnenne

    September 15, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Let me hear…

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