Josephine Orji - Rio 2016

Josephine Orji


Nigeria’s Josephine Orji burst onto the international Para powerlifting scene at the 2014 World Championships when she became the world’s strongest female Paralympian.

With her then world record of 151kg, she made the rest of the women’s over 86kg field sit up and pay attention.

Once again in 2015 Orji strengthened her position at the top with another world best of 153kg at the Asian Open Championships.

Then at Rio 2016 Orji added an incredible 7kg onto her previous best, leading to a 100 per cent record of gold medals and world records in the three major international competitions she has entered.

Orji will be hoping to continue her dominance at her second World Championships in Mexico City in 2017.


Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Over 86.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-11 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's +86 kg Final Round 2016-09-14 1
Nur-Sultan 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Over 86.00kg Final 2019-07-19 4