Mexico City 2017: Ndidi Nwosu vs. Souhad Ghazouani

Another epic showdown expected in the women’s up to 73kg 30 Nov 2017
two female Para powerlifters on the bench

Nwosu (L) and Ghazouani had a dramatic showdown at Rio 2016

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The women’s up to 73kg event was arguably the most exciting of all at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. After two rounds, France’s Souhad Ghazouani was the clear leader thanks to a 140kg lift, followed by Nigeria’s Ndidi Nwosu, who had cleared the bar at 125kg.

But everything changed in the third round. Ghazouani failed to lift 145kg, while Nwosu successfully lifted 140kg, only winning gold at her maiden Paralympics thanks to a lower body weight (71.10 to 71.91).

The Frenchwoman, who holds the world record of 150kg, will have the chance for revenge at the Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships, between 2 and 8 December.

Head to Head


Nwosu: Nationality: Nigeria. Age: 38

Ghazouani: Nationality: France. Age: 35


Nwosu: Games: 1 (2016)

Medals: 1 (1 gold)

Ghazouani: Games: 4 (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)

Medals: 4 (1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)


Nwosu: Will make her debut at Mexico City 2017

Ghazouani: Championships: 4 (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)

Medals: 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)


Nwosu: Rio 2016 was her first major international competition

Ghazouani: Was named a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French president in 2004

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