Amalia Perez proved to be back to her best shape by winning the women’s up to 55kg at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games on Thursday.
Mexico’s powerlifting Paralympic champion, who a few weeks ago disappointed at the Nur-Sultan 2019 World Championships, set a new Parapan American record of 120kg on her way to gold in Lima.
Chilean Camila Campos (105kg) and Brazilian Rene Da Silva (78kg) completed the podium.
“I feel very proud; I came from an injury but had hopes of winning again and I am happy to have done it,” said Perez.
“Life and God have given me the opportunity to live this experience; I know that Mexico are fighting in the medals table and I feel proud to represent my country.”
Defending Parapan American champion Leidy Rodriguez of Cuba nailed a 90kg best lift in the women’s up to 41kg & 45kg to set a Games record and guarantee herself the gold medal over Brazil’s Lara Ferreira (81kg) and Venezuela’s rising star Clara Fuentes (83kg).
"I prepared so that I would not lose the title of Parapan American Games champion," said Rodriguez.
"I could not let that first place go. No, I could not. I had to compete again and reclaim it."
Brazilian powerlifters Joao de Franca (men’s up to 49kg), Maria Santos (women´s up to 50kg) and Bruno Carra (men´s up to 54kg) won the remaining events during the first day of competition.
Full results are available on the Lima 2019 website.