Alice Oluwafemiayo Breaks World Record at Powerlifting Championships in Mexico
Alice Oluwafemiayo, a Nigerian female weightlifter, has made the country proud on Sunday after she broke the world record at the ongoing World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico.
She did this after clearing the bar at 140kg before lifting 145kg in her fourth attempt to break the world record of 144kg. A record her compatriot Loveline Obiji had set back in 2014.
China’s Feifei Zheng (130kg) claimed silver at her first major international competition, while Egypt’s 2010 world champion Geehan Hassan (125kg) completed the podium.
On breaking the record, she said: “I feel very happy, it was not something I was expecting,” Oluwafemiayo said.
In a chat with aclsports.com, the coach, Patience Igbiti said, “this is one of the reasons why Nigeria should not miss any tournament. We have the best lifters in the world”.
“Alice has set the pace and I’m optimistic others will follow her footsteps because we trained so hard for this championship after missing two this this year” she said.