The athlete won the women’s 44kg Powerlifting

Ivory Nwokorie on Friday won the second gold medal for the country in the women’s 44kg Powerlifting at the ongoing London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A statement on the Games website said Nwokorie lifted an incredible 109kg at the South Arena 3 at ExCel.

It noted that she was delighted with her win, saying: “’I’m very, very happy. I have made my country proud.”

The statement said that in spite of failing to improve on her first lift, it was to be more than enough to win her the gold, Nigeria’s second for Powerlifting in two days.

It added that the silver medal went to Cigdem Dede of Turkey who managed 105kg on her second lift but was slightly disappointed with her placing.

“It would have been better to have won the gold medal but I am very happy to have won the silver,” the statement quoted her as saying.

Ukraine took the bronze medal with Lydiia Soloviova lifting 100kg on the first lift.

“Proving that mental preparation is almost as important as physical training, Mexico?s Laura Gabriel Cerero failed all three attempts, a repeat of the problem she encountered in the Athens Paralympics.

“I don’t know what happened. I trained really hard but I do not think I put in enough mental training.

“After the first lift I had a mental block. It happened to me before in Athens but I overcame it then exploded.

“This time I got blocked and could not go any further. I am going to carry on training and correct my mistakes” the Ukranian said in the statement.

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