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Paralympic sports - 10. September 2008.

Blake bows to record-setting Nigerian

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Lucy Ogechukwu Ejike of Nigeria set a new world record and won gold in the Women's 48kg Group A Powerlifting competition at the Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium during day four of the 2008 Paralympic Games on September 10 in Beijing, China

Natalie Blake’s decision to drop two categories for the 2008 Paralympic Games proved unsuccessful today as the Newark powerlifter finished sixth in the under-48kg event in Beijing’s BUAA Gymnasium.

Blake finished fifth in Sydney and fourth in Athens in the under-56kg class but her heaviest lift today of 97.5kg wasn’t enough to raise her into the medals.

“I came here to get white lights, play my own game and work alongside my coach,” said the 25-year-old.

Lucy Ejike took the gold with a world record of 130kg. In fact, the Nigerian broke the world record twice as she opened her campaign at 125kg.

“All I can do is perform to the best of my ability,” said Blake. “I can’t affect what others do, I can only concentrate on my own game.”

Blake made her Paralympic debut at 17 when she was the youngest member of the Sydney powerlifting squad. She has world silver and European golds to her name, but was hoping to add a Paralympic medal to the collection.

“Now I’m going to take some time out before I make a decision on my future and the possibility of London 2012,” she said. “But I love this sport and the people involved in it.”
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