Onyema, Iherobiem Win Gold At IPC Powerlifting World Championship In Dubai

Nigeria’s Paralympic champion, Esther Onyema, looked comfortable as she first equalled, before breaking her own world record twice on the way to victory in the … Continue reading Onyema, Iherobiem Win Gold At IPC Powerlifting World Championship In Dubai


oluwafemiayo_paralympicsNigeria’s Paralympic champion, Esther Onyema, looked comfortable as she first equalled, before breaking her own world record twice on the way to victory in the women’s -55kg.

The 31-year-old opened with 120kg, before lifting 123kg in round two to break the record she set in Kuala Lumpur in November 2013.

With a third-round flourish, Onyema pulled 125kg to further her world mark.

China’s Shanshan Shi with a 115kg lift, got silver, whilst Russia’s Anastasia Khonina took bronze after lifting 109kg.

The junior title went to 19-year-old Italian Martina Barbierato (70kg).

In the women’s -73kg, another London 2012 champion failed to win a medal, as France’s Souhad Ghazouani could only manage 100kg, 50kg less than her world record, to finish sixth. 

Nigeria’s Ijeoma Iherobiem took the early lead with a first lift of 119kg and strengthened her position further in the second round lifting a new African record of 124kg. Despite failing with her third lift of 127kg, the 35-year-old still had enough to secure gold.

Egypt’s Amany Ali lifted 121kg to win silver and Russia’s Vera Muratov’s recorded 120kg lift to clinch bronze.

The junior world title was won by Ukraine’s Alina Kumeyko after a spirited 91kg performance from the 16-year-old who will surely be a face to watch at the Rio 2016 Olympics.