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Nigeria's Esther Oyema world record lift of 125kg at 2014 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, 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.

More information including a full competition schedule and live results can be found at the Dubai 2014 website: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

China's Yujiao Tan lifts a world record of 132.5kg at 2014 IPC Powerlifting Worlds

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Buoyed on by the success of her teammate, Yujiao Tan then broke her own world with a second round lift of 132.5kg in the women's -67kg to win China's second gold of the day.

Egypt's third medal of the day came courtesy of silver medallist Amal Mahmoud (116kg) with Russia's Kheda Berieva (115kg) in bronze with a European record.

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 the Dubai 2014 website as well as further information about the competition.

Chinese Taipei's Tzu-Hui Lin's world record of 129kg at 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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The women’s -79kg saw Chinese Taipei’s London 2012 bronze medallist Tzu-Hui Lin (129kg) ease to the world title and break her own five-month-old world record by 1kg in the process. Egypt’s Geehan Hassan (120kg) finished in silver with an African record whilst Brazil’s Marcia Menezes (116kg) stole the bronze from China’s Yan Wang with a new Americas record in the last round.

At the end of day five, three countries have three gold medals apiece but it is Egypt who lead the standings with nine gongs overall (three golds, four silver and two bronze), closely followed by China and Nigeria.

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.

More information including a full competition schedule and live results can be found at the Dubai 2014 website.

Nigeria's Precious Orji world record lift of 151kg at 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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In securing Nigeria’s fifth gold of the Championships in the women’s +86kg, Precious Orji had the crowd in joyous raptures and ensured her country topped the Dubai medals table.

Orji, broke her own world record three times, eventually lifting 151kg, 9kg more than her previous best set 14 months ago. Victory was almost certain for the 34-year-old after the first round because eventual silver medallist Nadia Ali (135kg) injured herself during her unsuccessful second round attempt.

Melaica Tuinfort (113kg) picked up the Netherlands’ first medal of the week 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/media-centre.

Rahman proves he is world's strongest Paralympian

Iran's Siamand Rahman has beaten world record holding team mate Mansour Pourmirzaei in the men's +107kg in a sensational conclusion to the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships.

Siamand Rahman Dubai 2014 Siamand Rahman proved his worth as one of the strongest Paralympians by lifting 285.5kg in the men's +107kg to beat team mate and world record holder Mansour Pourmirzaei at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships. © • IPC
By IPC

In securing Nigeria’s fifth gold of the Championships in the women’s -86kg, Precious Orji had the crowd in joyous raptures and ensured her country topped the Dubai medals table.

Iran’s Siamand Rahman broke the world record three times on the final day of the IPC Powerlifting World Championships on Friday (11 April) to cement his position as the strongest athlete in para-sport.

An electric atmosphere greeted lifters for the men’s +107kg, the final event of the seven day Championship, as London 2012 champion Rahmam went head-to-head with his teammate and world record holder Mansour Pourmirzaei.

Victory for Rahman never looked in doubt as he lifted 275kg in the first round - 1 kg less than the world record – whilst Pourmirzaei could only manage 255kg.

In the second round Pourmirzaei closed the gap slightly lifting 265kg. However, Rahman was unfazed as he lifted 281kg to put his name in the record books.

By the third round it was just a question of how much Rahman would lift, especially after Pourmirzaei failed with an attempt at 275kg.

With the crowd urging him on, Rahman appeared to break sweat for the first time as he lifted the bar to 285kg.

To underline his dominance, minutes later he returned to the bench for a fourth time with a big grin across his face to lift 285.5kg, 9.5kg more than the world record at the start of the day.

The bronze medal went to experienced Iraqi Faris Al-Ajeeli (240kg) with three good lifts.

Meysam Motaghian (175kg) showed the future is bright for Iranian powerlifting taking the junior world title.

The men’s -107kg was also a thriller with Greece’s Pavlos Mamalos breaking the world record twice to add the world title to the bronze medal he won at London 2012. His final round lift of 240kg was 6.5kg than the world record at the start of the day which had been set in January.

Iran’s Ali Sadeghzadehsalmani (231kg) took silver just ahead of Azerbaijani Elshan Huseynov (230kg), who only needed one good lift to take the bronze.

The junior title went to 18-year-old Iranian Mahdi Sayadi (167kg) with the teenager breaking his own junior world record three times on his way to gold.

In securing Nigeria’s fifth gold of the Championships in the women’s +86kg, Precious Orji had the crowd in joyous raptures and ensured her country topped the Dubai medals table.

Orji, broke her own world record three times, eventually lifting 151kg, 9kg more than her previous best set 14 months ago. Victory was almost certain for the 34-year-old after the first round because eventual silver medallist Nadia Ali (135kg) injured herself during her unsuccessful second round attempt.

Melaica Tuinfort (113kg) picked up the Netherlands’ first medal of the week 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.

Siamand Rahman Dubai 2014

Siamand Rahman Dubai 2014

Randa Mahmoud Dubai 2014

Randa Mahmoud Dubai 2014

Obiji and Mahmoud to face-off for first time in over a year

Nigerian Loveline Obiji and Egypt’s Randa Mahmoud will renew their rivalry in the women’s -86kg at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, as their teams jostle for position on the medals table once again at a major international competition.

Loveline Obiji of Nigeria celebrates on the floor in the Women's -52 kg Powerlifting event. Loveline Obiji of Nigeria competes in the Women's -52 kg Powerlifting event. © • Getty Images
By IPC

“There are no other athletes that I worry about.”

Day six (9 April) of the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships will see two athletes from the most successful nations in the sport, Nigeria and Egypt, go head-head for the first time in international competition in over a year in the women’s -86kg.

Nigeria’s Loveline Obiji will face Egypt’s Randa Mahmoud for the gold medal at the same venue in Dubai, UAE, where Obiji set her 140kg world mark in February 2013, beating Mahmoud at the 2013 Fazza International Powerlifting Championships.

“I don’t want anybody to beat me,” 23-year-old Paralympic champion Obiji said.

“To be a Champion is not easy. If you start to look behind you for who is coming up it is the time to stop.

“There are no other athletes that I worry about.”

That confidence is not without merit. Nigerian lifters picked up six out of a possible 22 gold medals in London, compared to Egypt’s four. They finished on top of the medals table for powerlifting and contributed a total of 12 medals to the overall Games haul of 13 gongs across all sports for the country.

However Obiji does not think there is anything special about their approach to powerlifting.

“We have been training very hard to maintain our position as the gold medallists.

“Back in Nigeria we train every day because it is our work” she said.

The team also currently holds three out of the 20 world records and Obiji believes she can lift 150kg at Dubai 2014 to maintain her position on that list.

London silver medallist Mahmoud however will be looking to make her contribution to Egypt’s current first place on the medals table in Dubai, and with Nigeria currently sitting in third there is everything to play for.

In addition, the two countries are equal on gold medals with three each thanks to several world breaking performances by their respective athletes during the first five days of competition.

As Dubai 2014 serves as the first qualification opportunity for Rio 2016, Obiji is already looking to the next Paralympic Games and even beyond to continue the rivalry between two of the greatest powerlifting nations:

“It is the plan to go to Rio and I will carry on for as long as I can after that.”

You can watch Loveline Obiji and Mahmoud Randa in the women’s -86kg on Thursday 9 April from 1:30pm (GST) live at ParalympicSport.TV.

The men's -97kg will also be livestreamed beforehand at 10am local time, featuring Egyptian Paralympi champion and world record holder Eldi Mohamed.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, featuring over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries, run from 5-11 April.

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.

More information including a full competition schedule and live results can be found at the Dubai 2014 website.

Paralympic champions toppled at powerlifting worlds

Jordan's Mutaz Zakria Aljuneidi and Nigerian Ijeoma Iherobiem claim world titles on day five of the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE.

Mutaz Zakria Aljuneidi Dubai 2014 Mutaz Zakria Aljuneidi of Jordan stormed to gold at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, beating Egyptian Paralympic champion Hany Abdelhady with a new world record lift of 229kg. © • Dubai 2014
By IPC

In the women’s -73kg, another London 2012 champion failed to medal, as France’s Souhad Ghazouani could only manage 100kg, 50kg less than her world record, to finish sixth.

Jordanian world record holder Mutaz Zakria Aljuneidi and Nigerian Ijeoma Iherobiem beat two reigning Paralympic champions to claim world titles on Wednesday (9 April) at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE.

Aljuneidi (229kg) won the men’s -88kg in an exciting climax to the first event of the day, beating Egypt’s London 2012 gold medallist Hany Abdelhady, who could only manage fourth. Abdelhady’s weight selections demonstrated his lack of confidence and he never featured in the medal positions.

Meanwhile, Aljuneidi took the lead with a first round lift of 225kg, 7kg more than the UAE’s Mohammed Khamis Khalaf, who eventually finished fifth.

Despite not completing a second round lift, the 38-year-old Asian Open bronze medallist went on to produce a 229kg third round lift to secure gold – Jordan’s first of the Championships - and improve his own world record set in January by 3kg.

The battle for the remaining podium positions went down to the wire with Iran’s Seyedhamed Solhipourounji and Mexico’s Jose de Jesus Castillo both tied on 220kg going into the final round. With the tension mounting, Solhipourounji managed 225kg to secure silver, whilst Castillo, who failed with his attempt at the same weight, was delighted with a bronze medal and new Americas record.

In the women’s -73kg, another London 2012 champion failed to medal, as France’s Souhad Ghazouani could only manage 100kg, 50kg less than her world record, to finish sixth.

Nigeria’s Ijeoma Iherobiem took an early lead with a first lift of 119kg and strengthened her position further in the second round lifting a new African record of 124kg. Despite failing with her third lift of 127kg, the 35-year-old still had enough to secure gold ahead of Egypt’s Amany Ali (121kg) in silver and Russia’s Vera Muratov’s (120kg) in bronze.

The junior world title was won by Ukraine’s Alina Kumeyko after a spirited 91kg performance from the 16-year-old who will surely be a face to watch come Rio 2016.

The women’s -79kg saw Chinese Taipei’s London 2012 bronze medallist Tzu-Hui Lin (129kg) ease to the world title and break her own five-month-old world record by 1kg in the process. Egypt’s Geehan Hassan (120kg) finished in silver with an African record whilst Brazil’s Marcia Menezes (116kg) stole the bronze from China’s Yan Wang with a new Americas record in the last round.

At the end of day five, three countries have three gold medals apiece but it is Egypt who lead the standings with nine gongs overall (three golds, four silver and two bronze), closely followed by China and Nigeria.

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.

More information including a full competition schedule and live results can be found at the Dubai 2014 website.

The competition is also being live streamed.

Mutaz Zakria Aljuneidi Dubai 2014

Mutaz Zakria Aljuneidi Dubai 2014