On a day that began with disappointment for Team Nigeria in the Rio 2016 Paralympic, Flora Ugwunwa became a succour for the country with a breathtaking win, setting a World Record of 20.25m mark and inspiring a total medal win for the African continent in the women’s F54 Javelin throw on Day 6.
Ugwunwa went on to erase Tunisian Hania Aidi’s World Record (WR) of 18.86m set at the IPC World Championships in Doha last year.
The 32 year old surpassed the mark by almost 2m, throwing an impressive 20.25m in her third attempt to also shatter Liwan Yang’s Paralympic Record (PR) of 17.89m set at the London Games four years ago.
Aidi set a Personal Best (PB) of 18.88m to take Silver, while South Africa’s Ntombizanele Situ won the Bronze medal with a PB of 17.90m in what was an Africa haul of the medal.
Ugwunwa was a GOLD medallist at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville, and her feat in Rio earned Nigeria its second medal in Track and Field, following Laurrita Onye’s GOLD medal run in the women’s Shot put on Sunday.
Her win takes Nigeria’s tally of GOLD medals to seven, and is the country’s tenth medal overall at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Earlier, Commonwealth Gold medallist, Ibrahim Abdulazeez missed out on a medal in powerlifting Men's 97kg, finishing 6th after he suffered an injury while, Opeyemi Jegede, competing in the Men's powerlifting 88kg category, could only finish 5th.
Source: Making Of Champions