Iran’s Paralympic and world champion Siamand Rahman did not disappoint at the IPC Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Friday (19 February), lifting 296kg to set a new world record in the men’s over 107kg.
It is the ninth time the Iranian has broken the world record and means he remains on course to reach his ultimate goal of 300kg. Rahman is expected to attempt the feat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
On his 2016 debut, he put in two good lifts of 275kg and 286kg before adding 1kg onto his previous best of 295kg.
Egypt’s European Open silver medallist Amr Mosaad secured silver with 226kg. Jordan’s Jamil Elshebli (220kg) completed the podium.
Egyptian Mohamed Elsayed reached new heights in the men’s up to 107kg, taking gold with a new African record of 227kg.
Elsayed just edged Iran’s World Championships silver medallist Ali Sadeghzadehsalmani (226kg). Kyrgyzstan’s Zhrygalbek Orosbaev secured bronze with three good lifts and a best of on the day of 202kg.
In the women’s heavyweights, Egypt’s World Championships silver medallist Nadia Ali was victorious in the over 86kg. Ali’s winning lift of 141kg came in the second round, improving on her previous Paralympic rankings best of 140kg.
Poland’s Marzena Zieba set a new European record of 130kg to claim silver. Iraq’s Huda Ali was the only athlete in the top three to clear all three lifts, building towards a 127kg bronze medal push.
Egypt topped the medals table with ten golds, four silver and two bronze. Iran were second with three gold, two silver and one bronze, followed by Ukraine in third with two gold, four silver and three bronze.
Full results are available at the IPC Powerlifting website.
The final chance for athletes to improve their rankings for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be at the IPC Powerlifting World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 24-28 February.