33 year old Yakubu Adesokan twice broke his own world record this afternoon as he claimed the powerlifting gold medal at the Paralympic Games in London.
Adesokan won in the men’s 48kg class breaking his countryman Ruel Ishaku’s Paralympic record of 169kg from Beijing by three kilos in his first lift.
He went on to break his own world record with a lift of 178kg in his second attempt. He later went on to lift 180kg minutes after, a weight that represents almost four times his body weight.
“I feel overjoyed. I went through a lot of training. I have been training for two months in Korea,” he said.
“Once I went through that training, there was no way I was going to fail.
“I can definitely lift more. It is a lot but what I usually lift in training is more than this, like 192kg.”
Congratulations Yakubu Adesokan!