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male powerlifter Hocine Bettir

Hocine Bettir


Hocine Bettir had the unique opportunity to celebrate in front of his home crowd as he reached the second step of the podium at the 2018 African Championships in Algiers, Algeria.

Some months before, he had claimed silver at the Fazza World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Bettir won his first medal at a major international competition in 2017. He took bronze in the men’s up to 65kg at the World Championships thanks to a 188kg lift, finishing behind Nigeria’s Paul Kehinde (220.5kg) and China’s Lei Liu (193kg).

He also competed at the 2014 and 2010 World Championships, ending fourth and 16th respectively.

Bettir made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, but the pressure of competing on the biggest stage made him fail his three attempts.

In 2015, Bettir participated in the European Open Championships, finishing fifth.

He took up the sport in 2004. He is also a Sports Administrator and speaks four languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Mascara, ALG
Sports Administrator
Arabic, English, French, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004.
Club / Team
Prince Abdelkader Club: Algeria
Name of coach
Mohamed Salah Ben Atta [national]

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2011 African Games. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
His coach. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always aim higher." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
His impairment is the result of a fever he contracted at age five. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)


Unit Date Rank
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 60.00kg Final 2010-07-27 9999
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 65.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-07 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -65 kg Final Round 2016-09-10 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 65.00kg Final 2017-12-08 3