Paralympic gold medalist, Paul Kehinde, dies five weeks after doping ban

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games gold medalist and world record-holder in the men’s 65kg para-powerlifting category, Paul Kehinde, popularly called Olumi Agberin, is dead.

It was gathered that he died at 33 after a brief illness.

A media attache to Nigeria Paralympic Federation, Fred Edoreh, confirmed his death on Friday.

When contacted, he said, “Yes, he is dead. He died yesterday (Thursday) and will be buried in Epe today.”

At 2016 Summer Olympics, Kehinde took the gold with a lift of 218kg and set a world and Paralympic record of 220kg with a bonus effort.

In the men’s under-72kg category at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Kehinde lifted 221kg for gold, narrowly beating compatriot Rolland Ezuruike by less than a kilogram.

Kehinde could not successfully defend his title at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, losing out to Ezuruike for the gold, but did take silver.

He died barely five weeks after being issued a 30-month ban for committing an anti-doping rule violation by the International Paralympic Committee.

In a statement by the IPC on October 11, Kehinde was said to have tested positive for prohibited substances following a urine sample provided out-of-competition on 9 March 2020. Making this his second ADRV.

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