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Latifat Tijani

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Lagos, NGR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2004 in Ogun State, Nigeria.
Why this sport?
"To become a champion."
Club / Team
Ogun State: Abeokuta, NGR
Name of coach
Feyisetan Are [national]

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Nigeria

General interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Kemi Orebola. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Nigerian Para powerlifter Lucy Ejike. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received a Sporting Achievement award from the Ogun State Para Powerlifting Association in Nigeria. (naijaonlinetv.co.uk, 27 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 08 Aug 2018; vanguardngr.com, 08 Oct 2016)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Other information
HAIRDRESSING AT COMPETITIONS
She has worked as a hairdresser in Nigeria and styled the hair of one of her fellow competitors at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. "I was in the toilet when I heard them [Emirati female Para powerlifters] complaining that they needed a hairdresser. I told them that I can help, and convinced them that I am a professional hairdresser. They were initially surprised and wondered how that could be possible. She explained the style that she wanted and we later exchanged hotel room addresses. After training, I went to her room and assisted her. Though she offered me money, I didn't collect it. My aim for helping was not to collect money. I wanted to promote relationships between us and I was happy that I did that. The accolades I got from my fellow competitors were enough for me. I learnt hairdressing and that is my profession. It is what I do for a living when I am not competing. Our government is not supportive enough so I have to find an alternative means of surviving." (punchng.com, 29 Aug 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -45 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 45.00kg Final 2017-12-04 9999