A world champion and Paralympic medallist took the last spot in the World Para Powerlifting Online World Cup Finals, presented by BIGSER on 17 November.
Egypt’s Rehab Ahmed beat Brazil’s Mariana D’Andrea and Uganda’s Muhamed Nigo in a three-day voting on World Para Powerlifting Facebook and Twitter channels.
Ahmed is a gold medallist in the women’s up to 50kg category at the Nur-Sultan 2019 World Championships and took silver in the same event at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Now she will be joining the other eight finalists announced on Monday:
Amalia Perez, Mexico
Anastasiia Mamadamirova, Russia
Cristina Poblador, Colombia
David Degtyarev, Kazakhstan
Jainer Cantillo, Colombia
Latsami Sipaseuth, Laos
Matteo Cattini, Italy
Vera Muratova, Russia
For the first time in the season, the competition will be shown live with Technical Officials judging the lifts as they happen and athletes being able to follow the results of the other competitors.
The result system will be different from previous Series as the Online World Cup Final will be a mixed event, and not divided in men's and women's categories. Results will be based on the number of additional points athletes can score.
The winner will receive a bar from World Para Powerlifting partner Eleiko.
The Online World Cup Series was launched in April to give athletes the opportunity to compete from home or their local training place during the COVID-19.
One hundred and twenty-nine powerlifters from nearly 50 countries took part in the five Online World Cup Series.
The Finals will be shown live on World Para Powerlifting Facebook page. More details will be announced soon.