An obvious choice but still well worth mentioning, Iran’s Siamand Rahman took the sport to new heights with his record-breaking performance.
With his mark standing at 296kg before the Paralympics, Rahman came determined to reach 300kg. But he surprised everyone by reaching and then surpassing it with 305kg followed by a final 310kg lift. That is the equivalent of two baby elephants or a Siberian tiger.
With world champion Amalia Perez competing in the weight category below, Nigerian Lucy Ejike saw her chance to shatter the Mexican’s world record of 133kg.
She did so with her opening lift, adding 3kg, before going on to successfully push 138kg. By the time the third round came around Ejike was breaking world records for fun, finishing with a flourish on 142kg.
Amalia Perez, women’s up to 55kg
Paralympic and world champion Perez had some catching up to do after failing her first round lift. After the second, the Mexican sat in second place with 120kg, 7kg behind Nigeria’s Esther Oyema. However Oyema failed her third round attempt of 130kg, leaving Perez to pick up the pieces with her own successful lift at the same weight.