Folashade Oluwafemiayo of Nigeria took the women’s up to 86kg gold medal and beat her own world record twice on the final day of Para powerlifting at Tokyo 2020 in the Tokyo International Forum on Monday (30 August).
Oluwafemiayo registered a competition-winning third lift of 151kg, before using a fourth and final power lift to set a new world mark of 152kg.
“I feel very, very great,” Oluwafemiayo said. “I thank god, because it was god all this way. Not by my own power, but by the power of god. He was giving me grace, and I give him the admiration for standing right behind me. I’ve been asking for this from god, and he gave it to me.”
China’s Zheng Feifei, a two-time silver medallist at the World Championships and gold medallist at the Asian Para Games in 2018, took the silver medal with Great Britain's Louise Sugden celebrating bronze.
Historic gold for Mongolia
The day started with the men’s up to 107kg category, where despite an unsuccessful attempt to break the world record he set in 2019, 26-year-old Sodnompiljee Enkhbayar did more than enough with his 245kg second lift to win gold and Mongolia’s first medal of Tokyo 2020.
It was the country's second gold medal in Paralympic history - the first in Para powerlifting.
“I’m very happy that everyone in my country supported me and that I had the support of the government, and thanks to everyone who cheered for me. I reached this goal for them,” said Enkhbayar.
Malaysia's Yee Khie Jong took the silver medal with a 237kg-lift in the second attempt. Iran's Saman Razi was bronze with 231kg.
Elshebli defeats Pourmirzaei
The men's over 107kg category was a dramatic one, as Jamil Elshebli of Jordan and Iran's Mansour Pourmirzaei took the competition down to the wire.
While both lifters topped out at 241kg, it was Elshebli who took the heavyweight gold medal as the lighter competitor of the two.
“The competition was strong,” Elshebli said. “I was trying to capitalise on the mistakes of others. Today’s competition was all about who was going to make mistakes first.”
London 2012 medallists Faris Al Ageeli from Iraq won the bronze medal with a 228kg-lift in his third attempt.
The men's over 107kg was also an emotional final as it marked the first Paralympic Games since Iran's Para powerlifting legend and world record holder Siamand Rahman passed away in 2020.
China topped the medals table with seventh gold
In the final women’s powerlifting event of the Games, China’s Deng Xuemei lifted 153kg for gold in the women’s over 86kg category.
Even though she registered three successful attempts and outlifted silver medallist Loveline Obiji of Nigeria by six kilograms, Deng remained humble in victory.
“Before the competition I was very nervous because my competitors are all very strong,” she said. “The medal I’m wearing still isn’t giving me very much confidence, because at this level the competitors are so good that I have to keep working and training. There is still room for improvement,” said the Nur-Sultan 2019 Worlds gold medallist
Poland's Marzena Zieba won bronze with a 140kg-lift in her second attempt.
China topped the medals table in a five-day powerlifting action at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with seven golds and six silver medals.
Complete Para powerlifting results, medallists and records are available on the Tokyo 2020 page on Paralympic.org.