Algiers 2018: Sherif Osman extends his reign

Egytpian star and Nigeria's Lucy Ejike take gold on day two 12 Aug 2018
By IPC

Sherif Osman successfully defended the African Championships title on the second day of competition (11 August) in Algiers, Algeria.

The Egyptian lifted 206kg to comfortably win the men´s up to 59kg. He then tried to break his own world record of 211kg but failed to clear the bar at 211.5kg in his fourth attempt.

Osman therefore extended his reign in the category as he is also the current Paralympic and world champion. Nigeria´s Ibrahim Dauda (175kg) and Mali´s Bakary Diallo (125kg) completed the podium.

Fatma Omar gave Egypt the second gold of the day in the women´s up to 67kg after lifting 135kg. She made an attempt to break Chinese Yujiao Tan´s world record of 138.5kg but failed.

Nigeria´s Olaitan Ibrahim (120kg) ended second and Algeria´s Naima Saidi (81kg) third.

Three golds for Nigeria

Three-time Paralympic champion Lucy Ejike did not disappoint and topped the podium in the women´s up to 61kg thanks to a 131kg lift. The 40-year-old was followed by Egypt´s Amal Mahmoud (108kg) and Gihan Abdelaziz (107kg).

Paulina Okpala (120kg) gave Nigeria a second gold in the women´s up to 73kg. Algeria´s Houaria Akib (51kg) claimed silver.

Nigeria´s Paralympic and world champion Paul Kehinde (210kg) bounced back after losing out gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and won the men´s up to 65kg.

Algeria´s Mexico City 2017 Worlds bronze medallist Hocine Bettir (187kg) and Egypt´s Mahmoud Attia (177kg) completed the top-three.

Nigeria lead the overall standings with seven golds and two silvers. They are followed by Egypt (3-2-2) and Algeria (1-3-3).

All events are being streamed live on World Para Powerlifting's website and Facebook page.

Live results and a full competition schedule is available on Algiers 2018's website, where you can also find more information about the Championships.