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Sherif Othman raise the bar

Sherif Othman raise the bar

Men's -54 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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Egypt’s double Paralympic champion Sherif Othman broke his own world record four times on the way to winning gold in the men’s -54kg at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, on Sunday (6 April) finishing with an incredible fourth lift of 205kg.

The new mark added an impressive 24kg to his previous record of 181kg set just over a year ago and soon after winning gold, the 31-year-old revealed he is considering a new challenge ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“Today I got my dream,” said Othman who also won gold at the 2010 World Championships.

"After this I will think about entering a heavier weight category, maybe the -59kg. In Rio maybe I will be there."

Stalking the bench on entry to the venue before each lift, Othman’s started his record breaking day with a first lift of 187kg, adding 6kg to his previous best. In the next round he lifted 193kg, bettering closest competitor Vladimir Krivulya (180kg) of Russia by 13kg.

The battle for bronze went to the third round of lifts and it was China’s Qi Feng (177kg) who eventually managed to push the extra weight required to make the podium.

After Othman lifted 202kg in the third round, he opted for a fourth lift under the watchful eye of IPC President Sir Philip Craven who was later joined by Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The crowd fell silent before erupting in applause as Othman succeeded in lifting 205kg, almost four times his own body weight.

The junior gold went to Greece’s Paschalis Kouloumoglou (144kg). Great Britain’s Panagiotis Mamuneas (121kg) took silver and Iraq’s Ahmed Al-Majmaie (115kg) the bronze.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

AUS Nang Nguyen

CHI Jorge Carinao

CHN Qi Feng

CHN Jun Li

CIV Alidou Diamoutene

EGY Sherif Othman

GBR Panagiotis Mamuneas

GRE Paschalis Kouloumoglou

GRE Dimitrios Bakochristos

HUN Nikosz Dudas

IRI Samad Abbasi

IRQ Ahmed Al-Majmaie

JPN Tetsuo Nishizaki

KEN Gabriel Magu Wanjiku

KGZ Esen Kaliev

NGR Ikechukwu Obichukwu

PNG Ziggy Satkurin

RUS Ildar Bedderdinov

RUS Vladimir Krivulya

TKM Mekan Agalikov

TUR Suat Guven

TUR Mustafa Gul

UKR Sergii Khvalinskyi

VIE Binh An Nguyen

Women's -45 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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The biggest upset and closest contest of the day came in the women’s -45kg with three of the top four athletes finishing with lifts of 95kg and having to be separated by bodyweight. The eventual winner was Russia’s Rayisa Toporkova (96kg) who finished ahead of Poland’s Justyna Kozdryk (95kg) in silver and Mexico’s Laura Cerero (95kg) in bronze. Egyptian world record holder Zeinab Oteify (95kg) could only manage fourth on account of being the heavier of the three tied athletes.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, featuring over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries, run from 5-11 April and are the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also features the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport. A full competition schedule and live results can be found at www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014/schedule.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 website: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

ALG Samira Guerioua

BEN Brigitte Boko

BRA Maria Luzineide Santos de Oliveira

CHN Dandan Hu

CIV Akissi Michelle Kouadio

CMR Josephine Nyangono

EGY Zeinab Oteify

MEX Laura Cerero Gabriel

PHI Achelle Guion

POL Justyna Kozdryk

RUS Larisa Berieva

TUR Ebru Basar

UAE Mozah Alzeyoudi

UKR Rayisa Toporkova

Men's -59 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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The men’s -59kg saw a battle between Great Britain’s world record holder Ali Jawad and Iran’s Hamzeh Mohammadi who, in the first round, bettered Jawad’s record of 185kg by 1kg to take an early lead. Jawad responded in the second round with a world record of his own, achieving 190kg, a weight Mohammadi could not match.

In the third round Jawad, knowing gold was secured, attempted 193kg but was unsuccessful. Mohammadi (186kg) took silver and Nigeria’s Anthony Ulonnam (183kg) finished with bronze.

Iran’s Ahmad Doustdarshahmirzadi won the junior gold (133kg) with Uzbekistani Iksandar Tursunbaev (120kg) in silver.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:ALG Billel Bouchefra

BRA Bruno Carra

CHI Juan Carlos Garrido

CHN Xuefeng Lu

CHN Quanxi Yang

FIN Juhani Kokko

GBR Ali Jawad

IRI Ahmad Doustdarshahmirzadi

IRI Hamzeh Mohammadi

IRQ Hasan Al-Tameemi

IRQ Hussein Juboori

KEN Samson Okutto Abbayyo

KGZ Razhabali Eshonkulov

MAR Mohamed El Maataoui

NGR Anthony Ulonnam

PHI Agustin Kitan

POL Mariusz Tomczyk

RUS Dmitrii Pliukhaev

SYR Shadi Issa

TUR Kubilay Sahin

UGA Baabu Baabumba

USA Bryce Anthony Segura

USA Scott Danberg

UZB Iskandar Tursunbaev

Men's -65 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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The men’s -65kg saw China’s Lei Liu (203kg) ease to gold lifting more than three times his 64.36kg bodyweight but fail in an attempt to break Rasool Mohsin of Iraq’s five month old world record. The Paralympic champion was never threatened during competition and in the fourth round attempted to add 0.5kg to Mohsin’s mark of 210kg set last November in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ayrat Zakiev (199kg) rounded off a good day for the Russian team on the bench with silver and Egypt’s Shabaan Ibrahim (198kg) picked up the bronze.

Iran’s 18-year-old Amir Sajid Youssefi won the junior gold, with Russia’s Denis Maksimenko (119kg) in silver and Libyan Saad Taiyb (96kg) rounding off the podium.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, featuring over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries, run from 5-11 April and are the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also features the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport. A full competition schedule and live results can be found at www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014/schedule.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 website: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

ALG Hocine Bettir

ARG Jose David Coronel

AZE Ahmad Razm Azar

BEN Cosme Akpovi

CHN Lei Liu

EGY Shaaban Ibrahim

GBR Michael Yule

IRI Amir Sajjad Youssefi Zadeh

IRQ Rasool Mohsin

JPN Takashi Jo

KAZ Aibek Abzhan

KSA Aseel Alhawsawi

LBA Saad Taiyb

POL Grzegorz Lanzer

POL Marek Trykacz

RSA Johannes Jakobus Matthysen

RUS Denis Maksimenko

RUS Kirill Flegentov

RUS Ayrat Zakiev

THA Kampa Pongtao

TUR Izzettin Kanat

UAE Saif Zaabi

USA David Page

USA Trevor Bunch

USA Joseph Abraham Wittkamp

Women's -50 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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Russia’s Oleysa Lafina smashed her own world record three times, eventually lifting more than two and a half times her own bodyweight, to be the star performer on the third day of the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, on Monday (7 April).

In the women’s -50kg category, the 34-year old started with a 112kg first round lift, but progressed up to 117kg and 122kg through the rounds to seal the win and smash her previous best of 114kg, set last May when she won the European title.

With gold secured, the London 2012 silver medallist then lifted 126kg in the fourth round to steal the show and add 12kg to the record that had stood at the start of the day.

The battle for the remaining medals was a close fought affair which eventually saw Ukraine’s Lidiia Soloviova (105kg) take silver and Egypt’s Gihan Abdelaziz (101kg) the bronze.

Going into the final round, Abdelaziz - who had broken the African record with 101kg - held a slender 1kg lead over her rival. The 39-year-old failed to lift 105kg in the final round however opening the door for two-time Paralympic champion Soloviova who successfully managed the same weight.

Lafina’s 19-year-old teammate Anastasia Kondrashina (72kg) won the junior gold, followed onto the podium by Iraq’s Zahraa Al Maliki (68kg) and UAE’s Maryam Alzeyoudi for the host nation’s first medal of the competition.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

CMR Mimozette Nghamsi Fotie

EGY Gihan Abdelaziz

ESP Loida Zabala Ollero

IRQ Zahraa Al Maliki

JPN Hiromi Kobayashi

MAR Khadija Benkrara

MEX Miriam Isela Aguilar Jimenez

MEX Rosaura Rodriguez Padilla

RUS Anastasia Kondrashina

RUS Olesya Lafina

TUR Yasemin Ceylan

UAE Maryam Alzeyoudi

UGA Vaster Kyalimpa

UKR Lidiia Soloviova

VEN Zuray Marcano

VIE Thi Linh Phuong Dang

Men's -72 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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In the men’s -72kg, Mohamed Elelfat out-lifted Iranian world record holder Roohallah Rostami to claim Egypt’s second gold of the event.

London 2012 silver medallist Elelfat’s first round lift of 213kg was 8kg more than Rostami and put him in to a strong lead that he would never surrender.

In the second round the 34 year-old consolidated his lead further lifting 217kg compared to Rostami’s 209kg.

With the pressure mounting going in to the final, Rostami failed to lift 217kg to draw level at the top of the leaderboard. Having secured gold, Elelfat then attempted 220.5kg, 0.5kg more than Rostami’s world record set last November, but was unsuccessful.

Sergei Sychev (206kg) picked up Russia’s third senior medal of the day with bronze.

The junior podium was headed by 19-year-old Brazilian Rafael Vansolin who showed promise ahead of Rio 2016 with a new junior world record of 112kg. His record was soon taken by silver medallist Farhod Umirzakov (110kg) of Uzbekistan who managed 116kg with his fourth lift that did not count towards the final standings. Iran’s Saeed Heydarpour (104kg) finished with bronze.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

BRA Rafael Vansolin

CHN Peng Hu

COL Jainer Rafael Cantillo Guette

EGY Mohamed Elelfat

GEO Merab Dukashvili

GEO Davit Kobalia

GRE Nikolaos Gkountanis

IND Rajindersingh Rahelu

IRI Saeed Heydarpour Nalkiashari

IRI Roohallah Rostami

IRL Roy Guerin

ITA Matteo Cattini

JOR Abdelkareem Mohmmad Ahmad Khattab

JPN Yoshiki Sano

KAZ Rakhmetzhan Khamayev

KAZ Ruslan Dolobayev

KGZ Zhyrgalbek Balbakov

LBA Mosab Gharsalla

MAS Ma Hussein Mat Noh

MEX Porfirio Francisco Arredondo Luna

NGR Tolu-Lope Taiwo

NGR Ifeanyi Nnajiofor

OMA Badar Al Tamtami

RUS Sergei Sychev

THA Thongsa Marasri

TKM Sergey Meladze

UAE Adel Shanbih

UZB Farhod Umirzakov

Women's -55 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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Nigeria's Paralympic champion Esther Oyema looked comfortable as she first equalled, then broke, her own world record twice on the way to victory in the women's -55kg.

The 31-year-old opened with 120kg, before lifting 123kg in round two to break the record she set in Kuala Lumpur in November 2013.

With a third-round flourish, Oyema hauled 125kg to further her world mark.

China's Shanshan Shi (115kg) finished in silver, whilst Russia's Anastasia Khonina (109kg) took bronze.

The junior title went to 19-year-old Italian Martina Barbierato (70kg).

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

ARM Greta Vardanyan

CHN Shanshan Shi

CHN Hongchan Wang

GBR Natalie Blake

ITA Martina Barbierato

KAZ Gulbanu Abdykhalykova

NGR Esther Oyema

RUS Elena Machekhina

RUS Tamara Podpalnaya

RUS Anastasia Khonina

TUR Sibel Cam

VEN Wiunawis Nairobys Hernandez

Women's -61 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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Two London 2012 Paralympic champions went head-to-head at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, on Tuesday (8 April) with Egypt's Fatma Omar coming out on top against Mexico's Amilia Perez, on a day that saw world records continue to fall.

Due to changes in weight categories made in 2013, Omar - the -56kg champion from London - was pitched against Perez - the -60kg gold medallist - in the women's -61kg.

Despite the rivalry, the gold medal was effectively decided in the first round with world record holder and four-time Paralympic champion Omar lifting 130kg. The weight was 15kg more than any of her competitors could manage in the opening exchanges and a lift that was never challenged in the following rounds.

Returning from a shoulder injury, Perez struggled to find her rhythm and failed with her first two attempts at 128kg, whilst Omar, confident of victory, was unsuccessful at two 135kg world record attempts.

With the prospect of not even posting a weight, never mind winning a medal, a growing possibility for Perez, the 40-year-old showed grit and determination to succeed with her third attempt at 128kg, which was good enough to secure the silver medal ahead of China's Yan Yang (115kg) in bronze.

With the medals decided, Perez then failed with a 135kg world record attempt and could only watch on as World Champion Omar managed 135.5kg, to add 3.5kg to her previous best set five months ago.

The junior world title and European record went to Russia's 19-year-old Irina Galitcyna (70kg).

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

CHN Jianjin Cui

CHN Yan Yang

EGY Fatma Omar

IRQ Gharam Al Osmanee

IRQ Dhikra Saleem

KAZ Raushan Koishibayeva

KOR Hyeong Hui Kim

MAR Sanae Soubane

MEX Amalia Perez

POL MAGDALENA KONIOR

RSA Chantell Stierman

RUS Irina Galitcyna

SYR Natali Elias

THA Somkhoun Anon

TKM Valentina Simakova

TPE Ya-Hsuan Lin

TUR Gamze Sayar

TUR Dilfiroz Atilgan

UKR Tetyana Shyrokolava

USA Chelsi Figley

Men's -80 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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The men's -80kg was an incredibly close fight which looked to be going the way of Egypt's Metwaly Mathana until China's Xiao Fei Gu pulled out an astonishing final round lift to secure gold and break the world record.

During the first two rounds, Mathana was 4kg ahead of his rival, first posting 225kg before following it up with 232kg, 2kg more than Gu's world record, in the second.

Undeterred, London 2012 silver medallist Gu lifted 236kg in the third round to claim back his world record and secure gold as Mathana failed with an attempt at 237kg.

In lifting a European record 197kg, Latus Wawrzyniec looked surprised at winning bronze, Poland's first medal in Dubai.

France's Julian Avom Mbume, 18, won the junior gold and world record with a lift of 160kg.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

CHN Xiao Fei Gu

CMR Jean Aguedia

CMR Maurice Francis Biwole Nkodo

COL Fracisco Tulio Palomeque Palacios

EGY Abdelkalik Abdelkalik

EGY Metwaly Mathana

FIN Harri Kauppila

FRA Julien Avom Mbume

FRA Samy Mettidji

GRE Gkremislav Moysiadis

INA Boby Santoso

JPN Hajime Ujiro

KAZ Oleg Gridassov

LBA Abdulbaset Sheta

MAS Mohd Yuspi Mat Dali

NGR Jibrin Malau

OMA Abdul Al Zadjali

PNG Timothy Harabe

POL Wawrzyniec Latus

RSA Ricardo Fitzpatrick

RUS Andrey Samovik

RUS Karen Abramyants

THA Prasit Thongdee

TUR Serdal Kaya

UAE Abdalla Alnaqbi

UAE Nabil Karim Joneidi

USA Jacob Stearns Jr