Nigeria’s Lucy Ejike was left fuming yesterday after she missed out on the women -56kg power-lifting gold.
Ejike who was tipped to win the gold and increase Nigeria’s gold medal tally to five here at the Games lost concentration after her second and third attempts were ruled as ‘no lifts’ by the judges. She settled for silver with 135kg, while Egypt’s Fatima Omar won the gold with a 142kg lift.
Ozlem Becerikli of Turkey placed third with 116kg.
“I’m not happy. Winning silver was not what I prepared for.
“I was shattered by the cancellation of my attempts. I didn’t see any mistake and the judges did not give any explanation, so I don’t really understand,” said the Enugu-born athlete, who won gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.
Ejike’s miss was particularly painful to Nigerian officials, after the country made a bright start in the power-lifting event. In previous weight categories completed, Esther Onyema and Joy Onaolapo had won in the 48kg and 52kg respectively and setting world records in the process and Nigeria won medals in all the eight classes concluded.
As at yesterday, Nigeria had won a total of eight medals (4 gold and 4 silver.) and is placed seventh on the log.