male powerlifter Roland Ezuruike

Roland Ezuruike


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.


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -54 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 54.00kg Final 2017-12-07 1
Nur-Sultan 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 54.00kg Final 2019-07-14 2