China’s Yujiao Tan burst into the scene four years ago, when she took Paralympic silver at just 22 years old. Now older and more experienced, the Chinese powerlifter is the heavy favourite for gold in the women’s up to 67kg at the Rio 2016 Games.
Two years after taking silver from London 2012, Tan went on to claim the world title in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The following year, Tan took gold medals at the Asian and European Open Championships. She also holds the world record at 138kg.
So far, no one seems to be as strong as Tan. Egypt’s No. 2 ranked Amal Mahmoud lifted 122kg at last year’s World Cup in Dubai. Kazakhstan’s Raushan Koishibayeva could reach the podium on her Paralympic debut, following her performance earlier this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a lift of 109kg.
You can catch the women’s up to 67kg on 11 September at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. All Para powerlifting events will be contested at the Riocentro – Pavilion 2.