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Yakubu Adesokan



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information


Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Why this sport?
A powerlifting coach encouraged him to take up the sport because of his physique.
Club / Team
Oyo State Sports Council: Nigeria
Name of coach
Feyisetan Are [national]

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Music. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 48kg category at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Nigerian Para powerlifter Ruel Ishiaku. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Nigerian Para powerlifter Lucy Ejike. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
He fractured his shoulder blade at the 2004 National Sports Festival in Abuja, Nigeria. (, 08 Sep 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he was named Member of the Order of the Niger [MON] and received a financial reward from the Oyo State Government in recognition of his gold medal-winning performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The Oluyole local government also named a street after him in 2012 and made him the sports ambassador for the council. (, 20 Mar 2014;, 04 Mar 2013, 13 Oct 2012)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 16 Feb 2019)
He has paraplegia as a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age two. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Other information
He was unable to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after missing the registration deadline because of his late arrival at the Games. "I trained harder for the Rio Paralympics than the London 2012 Paralympics, but I missed out because of a small mistake that happened between some top officials and us. We got to the Paralympics a bit late and they said we were too late to process our way in." (, 02 Nov 2016)

He fractured his shoulder blade at his first national competition - the 2004 National Sports Festival in Abuja, Nigeria. He considered quitting the sport to focus on his shoe-making business and faced pressure from his family to stop. However, he used his life savings to pay for the treatment of his injury and carried on competing as a powerlifter. (, 08 Sep 2012)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -48 kg Final Round 2012-08-30 1
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 49.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-05 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 49.00kg Final 2017-12-04 3