Roland Ezuruike successfully defended his African Championships title in Algiers, Algeria, in 2018, extending his almost four year-long winning streak.
The Nigerian powerlifter won the men’s up to 54kg thanks to a 180kg lift. Although far from his world record of 200kg, it was still enough for him to leave the competition with gold.
Only months before, he took his maiden Commonwealth Games title in Gold Coast, Australia, and claimed gold at the ninth Fazza World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In 2017 he won his first World Championship title in the men’s up to 54kg with a 180kg lift. One year earlier, Ezuruike also topped the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The Nigerian barely knows what it feels like not to win gold.
Since taking up the sport in 2014, he had to settle for silver only once at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Ever since, he has only celebrated victories.
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He set a Paralympic Games record in the 54kg category when he lifted 200kg to win gold at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and in early 2021 he expressed doubt that he will better that performance at the rescheduled 2020 Games in Tokyo. "Preparations for me have been very low key due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tournaments that I should have participated in ahead of Tokyo have been postponed or cancelled. Since the lockdown in 2020, most of my training has been done at home. All these challenges may affect my ambition of breaking my record and setting another one in Tokyo but I will give it my all." (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Apr 2021; newscentral.africa, 08 Jan 2021)
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