Mexico City 2017: Bose Omolayo vs. Xu Lili

Rio 2016 gold and silver medallists to battle again at World Championships 28 Nov 2017
Two female Para powerlifters

Omolayo (L) and Lili face off again after going head to head at Rio 2016

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Much is expected from Bose Omolayo and Xu Lili at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships, between 2 and 8 December, after featuring in the highly exciting women’s up to 79kg event at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

At last year’s Paralympics, Omolayo achieved a world record lift of 138kg, only 3kg more than her opponent. Both had failed third attempts, which is why the Nigerian topped the podium. It was the Paralympic debut for both of them.

The Chinese will be competing at her second World Championships following her participation at Kuala Lumpur 2010, while Omolayo will make her Worlds debut at Mexico City 2017.

Head to Head


Omolayo: Nationality: Nigeria. Age: 28

Xu: Nationality: China. Age: 36


Omolayo: Games: 1 (2016)

Medals: 1 (1 gold)

Xu: Games: 1 (2016)

Medals: 1 (1 silvers)


Omolayo: Will make her debut at Mexico City 2017

Xu: Championships: 1 (2010)

Medals: 0


Omolayo: Nigerian Sydney 2000 powerlifting gold medallist Victoria Nneji is her sporting idol

Xu: Was working in a factory when she was noticed by a coach looking for powerlifters with potential

More information can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.