Two world records were broken on an exciting third day (4 December) of competition at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City.
China’s Lingling Guo was the surprising winner of the day as she took gold in the women’s up to 45kg at the first major international competition she has ever taken part in. The 28-year-old even set a new world record of 110kg, breaking the one of 108kg her compatriot Hu Dandan had established at Rio 2016.
Turkey’s Nazmiye Muratli, who was the reigning Paralympic and world champion in the women’s up to 41kg, left with a bittersweet taste after lifting only 3kg less than Guo to claim silver. Great Britain’s double Paralympic bronze medallist Zoe Newson cleared the bar at 97kg to finish third.
Nigeria’s Paralympic silver medallist Latifat Tijani was one of the favourites on paper but delivered a disappointing performance after three failed attempts.
Vietnam’s Paralympic champion Van Cong Le took gold in a thrilling men’s up to 49kg as he cleared the bar at 181kg. He even set a world record of 183.5kg in his fourth lift, breaking the mark of 183kg he had set at Rio 2016. It was the third World Championships for Le, who had claimed silver at both Kuala Lumpur 2010 and Dubai 2014.
Jordan’s Rio 2016 silver medallist Omar Qarada lifted 178kg to seal silver, while Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan (175kg) could not defend his world title from 2014 and collected bronze.
There was an Iranian one-two in the men’s up to 72kg, with London 2012 champion Nader Moradi taking gold following a 209kg lift ahead of compatriot and Paralympic silver medallist Roohallah Rostami, who cleared the bar at 208kg.
China’s Rio 2016 silver medallist Hu Peng had high expectations in the lead-up to Mexico City 2017 but had to settle for bronze. He lifted 208kg, the same as Rostami, but ended third due to his higher body weight.
More information on the World Para Powerlifting Championships, including live coverage, results and athlete profiles can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.