Mexico City 2017: Sherif Osman vs. Paschalis Kouloumoglou

Egyptian set to win third successive world Para powerlifting title 20 Nov 2017
two male Para powerlifters

Kouloumoglou (L) could be the only challenger to the dominant Osman


With Ali Jawad's move down to the up to 54kg category, Sherif Osman has no opponent in the men’s up to 59kg strong enough to prevent him from winning a hat-trick of world titles.

The Egyptian has maintained a clear dominance in the international powerlifting scene over the years, winning three Paralympic gold medals and two World Championships titles, and has never lost at a major competition.

Osman set a world record of 211kg at Rio 2016, almost four times his body weight!

Nevertheless, Greece's Paschalis Kouloumoglou, who finished fifth at last year's Paralympics, will be ready to give his best at Mexico City 2017 and expect a miracle to happen to defeat the so far unbeatable Osman. If not, a silver or bronze will also be well-celebrated.

Head to Head


Osman: Nationality: Egypt. Age: 34

Kouloumoglou: Nationality: Greece. Age: 22


Osman: Games: 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)

Medals: 3 (3 golds)

Kouloumoglou: Games: 1 (2016)

Medals: 0


Osman: Championships: 2 (2010, 2014)

Medals: 2 (2 golds)

Kouloumoglou: Championships: 1 (2014)

Medals: 0


Osman: His coach Said Abd El Hafez won Egypt's first powerlifting Paralympic medal, a silver in the men's up to 67.5kg at Barcelona 1992

Kouloumoglou: Received a sporting achievement award from the Greek Paralympic Committee in 2015 after finishing fifth at the European Open Championships in Eger, Hungary

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