American born Nigerian Powerlifter, Russell Orhii, son of a Nigerian top politician and former Director General, National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii, yesterday became the World Champion after lifting an 83 kg weight at the 2019 World Powerlifting Championship in Sweden.

The 25-year-old Champion who has competed for the coveted prize for three years was a silver medallist in 2018 and a two-time American champion. Russell who represented the United States of America at the competition was awarded a gold medal and pronounced the World Strongest Man at the moment.

In a short message sent to Daily Independent, his father, Dr Orhii expressed joy over his son’s success at the competition and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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