By Mike Rowbottom
Nigeria made a triumph of the first World Para Powerlifting World Cup to be held in Africa as they finished the event in their capital of Abuja on Friday with a total of 28 senior and 17 junior medals.
An outstanding evening of action at the Abuja International Conference Centre came to a close with home lifter Uhunoma Emwiobaiwi claiming gold in the top men’s weight category of 107 kilograms and above.
Silver and bronze medals went respectively to Georgia’s Iago Gorgodze and Giorgi Latsabidze.
Abdulazeez Ibrahim added another gold to the home collection in winning the 97kg class with an effort of 210kg.
Egypt’s Mohamed Ahmed took silver after lifting the same top weight, while Nigeria’s Adeniyi Omopekunola won bronze with a best of 160kg.
Brazil also enjoyed a final night to remember as they took gold in the men’s 107kg and 88kg classes.
The up-to-107kg gold went to Mateus de Assis, with Georgia’s Akaki Jintcharadze taking silver and bronze going to home lifter Daniel Omogbai.
The 88kg category was won by Evanio da Silva with 196kg as home lifter Mathias Monday took silver with 195kg and bronze went to Georgia’s Ahmad Razm with 187kg.
Insidethegames reported that there were two more home golds in the women’s competition, where current world champion Folashade Oluwafemiayo and London 2012 winner Loveline Obiji won the under- and over-86kg classes respectively.