The World Para Powerlifting season continues in Eger, Hungary, from Thursday (4 May) with the second World Cup of 2017.
With Paralympic and Worlds medallists set to compete ahead of September’s World Championships, here are three reasons why you should watch the live coverage at worldparapowerlifting.org.
1. World Championships looming
The competition in Eger is the final World Cup of the 2017 season, and penultimate international competition ahead of the Worlds in Mexico City.
The last event will be the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is only open to countries from that region.
The World Cup is therefore the last chance to catch some of the biggest names in the sport from all over the world as they look to peak in September.
2. Big names make their season debut
Mexico’s Amalia Perez will line up in Eger for the first time since winning Paralympic gold in the women’s up to 55kg at Rio 2016. The multiple Worlds gold medallist will continue competing in the lower weight category after claiming gold at the 2014 Worlds in the up to 61kg.
Only time will tell if she can win her fourth world title at home later this year, but Eger will be a good indication of form.
Perez’s Paralympic bronze medallist teammate Jose Castillo is also expected in the men’s up to 107kg.
3. World record potential
Having hosted Para powerlifting competitions since 2013, the city of Eger has been the location of multiple world records over the years.
At the 2015 European Open Championships, four senior world records were set. That included Azerbaijan’s Elshan Huseynov in the men’s up to 107kg with a mark of 243kg that still stands today.
Huseynov will return to Eger with a point to prove having missed out on a medal at Rio 2016.
The Eger 2017 World Para Powerlifting World Cup runs from 4-7 May.
All events will be shown live at the sport’s website and can be followed on social media (Facebook.com/parapowerlifting, @ParaPowerlifting on Instagram and @Powerlifting on Twitter).