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Ali Jawad: Glasgow was a big stepping stone for me

Powerlifting world champion Ali Jawad talks about his experience at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

An athlete poses showing his gold medal. © •
By IPC

Going into the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games I was in a very surreal situation as the newly crowned IPC Powerlifting world champion. I saw the Commonwealths as my opportunity to compete on home soil again and in front friends and family. This was the main reason why I chose not to take a break after the World Championships in Dubai. Even though, becoming world champion was the proudest day of my life, I knew that I had to keep looking forward towards the Paralympic Games in Rio. Thus, Glasgow was a big stepping stone for me to prove I am a consistent performer on the international platform.

Since Dubai, I spent the summer really training hard, and fine-tuning my lifestyle to make sure I was in optimal condition on competition day. I knew my performance in Dubai was far from perfect, and a lot of improvements had to be addressed. Nothing more so, than how I tapered before competitions. I really wanted to get my taper right for Glasgow.

Training leading up to the Games was amazing, I was hitting personal best weights nearly every week, and my body felt like it was recovering well in between sessions. So I felt quietly confident that I could at least deliver a personal best performance and maybe even a world record.

For the first time in my career, I was very relaxed in the warm up room and was not anxious at all. Being presented to the crowd was the best experience since London 2012, seeing so many familiar faces that came to support me.

The Glaswegian crowd must have been my good luck charm as not only did I break my own world record twice, but also I got nine white lights on an international stage for the first time in my career. I celebrated by doing a cartwheel of the bench and the crowd went crazy. It was such an epic moment, and a proud day as I was the only lifter to break a world record. It was the perfect way to end a memorable year for me.

There was a lot of confusion after the competition as I only got bronze even though I broke the world record. Powerlifting at the Commonwealth Games is categorised by a formula (AH formula), which takes a coefficient of the lifter’s bodyweight and multiplies that by the weight that is lifted. Therefore, it is not in the normal bodyweight class format. I came third overall on the formula but still broke the world record in my bodyweight class (-59kg).

Hopefully the 2015 season will be as successful.

Five powerlifting champions competing at Incheon 2014

With the Asian Para Games just a few days away, here is a list of Paralympic and world champions from one of most prolific regions in powerlifting.

China's Yujiao Tan of China celebrates winning silver in the women's -67.50 kg powerlifting at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. China's Yujiao Tan of China celebrates winning silver in the women's -67.50 kg powerlifting at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images
By IPC

The Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games will feature around 150 lifters from 28 countries that have produced some of the most successful powerlifters of all time.

At London 2012, 23 medals were handed to Asian athletes and at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 athletes made it onto the podium.

Competitions at Incheon 2014 run from 19-24 October at the Moonlight Festival Garden venue.

1. Siamand Rahman, Iran

After adding 9kg onto the men’s over 107kg world record at Dubai 2014 with a huge 285kg haul, the world’s strongest Paralympian is heading to Incheon 2014 with only one target on his mind.

In Dubai the Iranian Paralympic champion decided against an attempt to break the 300kg barrier that fans had been waiting for, revealing that he was saving himself for Incheon 2014 instead.

If he succeeds, there will be fireworks.

2. Lei Liu, China

After winning his first Paralympic title in 2008, Liu has dominated the men’s middleweight competitions.

Since his debut, he has won another Paralympic gold and shed pounds to go from the up to 75kg to the up to 65kg category in which he won his second world title at Dubai 2014. There he attempted a world record lift of 210.5kg but could not quite raise the bar high enough to secure it. Will he try again from Sunday?

3. Yujiao Tan, China

Citing her greatest sporting achievement as winning silver at London 2012, Tan’s next aim is to win gold at Rio 2016.

With a world title, world record and Asian gold in the women’s up to 67kg now firmly under her belt, she is on course to grace the top of the podium at her fist Asian Para Games as well.

4. Tzu-Hui Lin, Chinese Taipei

Since winning gold at Athens 2004 Lin has only finished outside of the top three at Paralympic Games and World Championships once, in 2002 where she just missed the podium.

Finding her form again at Dubai 2014 proved to be easy for the 33-year-old, as she set a new world record of 129kg ten years after she set her first world record at Athens.

5. Majid Farzin, Iran

The London 2012 champion is also the Para Asian Games title holder but was absent from Dubai 2014.

In Incheon, he will face China’s reigning men’s up to 80kg world champion Xiafei Gu who has twice broken the world record, once in 2013 and then again at the worlds with 236kg.

More information can be found at the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games website.

Yujiao Tan

Yujiao Tan

Yujiao Tan looking to lift twice her bodyweight at the Asian Para Games

World champion hopes to beat her own world record at the Asian Para Games by lifting over 132kg.

China's Yujiao Tan of China celebrates winning silver in the women's -67.50 kg powerlifting at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. China's Yujiao Tan of China celebrates winning silver in the women's -67.50 kg powerlifting at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images
By Caryn Maconi | For the IPC

“I feel okay and confident heading into the Asian Para Games. The performance in Dubai was not perfect – there is more work to be done. Hopefully I will have a better show in Incheon.”

Chinese powerlifter Yujiao Tan is aiming to lift more than twice her own bodyweight at October’s Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea, in the hope of adding another gold medal to her growing collection of titles.

The 23-year old lifted a world record 132.5kg in April at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, to claim gold in the up to 67kg class and has now set her sights on lifting even more in Incheon when the competition begins on 18 October.

“I feel okay and confident heading into the Asian Para Games,” Tan said. “The performance in Dubai was not perfect – there is more work to be done. Hopefully I will have a better show in Incheon.”

In fact, Tan has lifted more than 132kg before.

At London 2012 she lifted 139kg to take silver behind France’s Souhad Ghazouani in the up to 67.5kg class. Since then new weight categories have been introduced and, as a result, new world record marks set.

“I believe I am at a better status than 2012,” said Tan who discovered her talent for the sport aged 14 and began training with a coach from her school team. Just three years later she earned a silver medal at the Chinese national championships.

Since then she has gone from strength-to-strength and is a red hot favourite for gold in Incheon due to the fact her nearest Asian rival in the world rankings, Thailand’s Arawan Bootpo, has only lifted 106kg this year, well short of Tan’s world record.

Tan said that while there may be just a few women dominating the sport right now, many up-and-coming competitors are sure to challenge for podium spots soon, especially with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games less than two years away.

“It’s very possible for the women’s world record to be broken in the near future,” Tan said. “There are many talented girls with great potential, and with the Rio Games approaching, all of the women athletes including myself will show their capability and bring better performances.

“In recent years, a number of new athletes have come out. Some of them were like the dark horse, with very surprising achievements.”

For now, though, Tan is simply keeping her eye on the prize.

“The desire to succeed is my biggest strength,” Tan said. “Sport has changed my life, and all the hard work is paying off. I just hope to do better in the future.”

China is expected to be a top medal contender across the women’s powerlifting competition, as five other Chinese athletes in addition to Tan are atop the Asian rankings in their respective weight classes.

The Asian Para Games will take place between 18-24 October and will feature 603 medal events across 23 sports.

Guadalajara 2015 - Team Info

Here are some important dates for teams:

16 September 2014: Opening of Online Entry (by number by event)

19 September 2014: Delivery of accommodation, visa and transport forms

05 December 2014: Close of Online Entry (by number by event)

06 December 2014: Opening of Online Final Entry (by name)

06 March 2015: Close of Online Final Entry (by name) and full details, photographs for accreditation. (Deadline to pay all registration fees)

06 March 2015: Close of sending back the forms for accommodation, visa and transport to the following address ipcpoguadalajara2015@gmail.com (Deadline to pay all accommodation fees)

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The 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships will take place from 26-30 April 2015. Find here a full schedule of the event. Results and a competition schedule will be posted soon.

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Team Arrivals 23-24 April
Raise the Bar! Anti-Doping Seminar 24-25 April
International Classification 24 April (All day) 25 April (morning) Classification schedule will be provided after final entries by name
Technical Meeting 25 April (afternoon)
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Closing Ceremony 29 April
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