Yakubu Adesokan Wins First Gold At London Paralympics

On the first day of competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Yakubu Adesokan Thursday won Nigeria’s first gold medal in the men’s -48kg Power-lifting competition. Twice he bettered his previous records. The 33-year-old came into London 2012 as the favorite for glory in the men’s -48kg class, having claimed a world record earlier this year in Dubai with a lift of 177kg. Adesokan lived up to his reputation as he broke countryman Ruel Ishaku’s Paralympic record of 169kg from Beijing 2008 by three kilos in his first lift. The Ibadan-born athlete did not stop there as, roared on by the crowd, he broke his own world Adesokan was joined on the podium by Russia’s Vladimir Balynetc, who won silver with a lift of 170kg, while Taha Abdelmagid of Egypt took bronze with 165kg.

Osaro Agho