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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.


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Two children
Obowo, NGR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in Para powerlifting in 2011 in Owerri, Nigeria, and first competed in 2014.
Why this sport?
"Powerlifting started for me as a hobby. I was inspired by the female powerlifters from Imo state like Josephine Orji and others. They started the sport before me and I used to see them wearing the national colours. I decided to join them and that was how the journey began."
Name of coach
Feyisetan Are [national], NGR

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Music. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the lightweight category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Feyisetan Are. (Athlete, 27 Jul 2014)
Hero / Idol
Iranian Para powerlifter Siamand Rahman. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 02 Jun 2018)
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)


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