By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Folashade Oluwafemiayo has become the latest Nigerian Powerlifter to strike gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, surpassing her previous World Record (WR) of 150.5kg to win women’s -86kg with a lift of 152kg.
The gold medal was Nigeria’s third at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Paralympics taking the country’s total number of medals to five with three gold and two bronze medals all coming from Powerlifting.
Folashade Oluwafemiayo began powerlifting in 1999 in Plateau State, Nigeria.
She won a silver medal in the 75kg category at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. “I fell sick when I was age three, I was taken to hospital and injected. That was how I became impaired.” She told Punchng.
In 2013 she received a two-year ban after testing positive for the banned masking agent furosemide at the 2013 World Cup event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She was stripped of her gold medal in the 79kg category at the event and her world record lift of 125kg was also voided. The suspension ran from April 2013 to April 2015.
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