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Josephine Orji - Rio 2016

Josephine Orji

Powerlifting
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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Husband Moses Klench
Residence
Owerri, NGR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Librarian Studies - Federal Polytechnic Nekede: Nigeria

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2001 in Imo State, Nigeria.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to be a champion and a celebrity."
Club / Team
Imo State Sports Council : Owerri, NGR
Name of coach
Feyisetan Are [national]

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Nigeria

General interest

Nicknames
Precious (Facebook profile, 03 Jun 2019 )
Hobbies
Singing, reading, browsing the internet. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the +86kg category at the 2014 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Feyisetan Are. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Nigerian Para powerlifter Lucy Ejike. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What doesn't kill me makes me stronger." (Facebook profile, 03 Jun 2019)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)

Results

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