POWERLIFTING FAST FACTS
1. Powerlifting was first included as a Paralympic sport at the 1984 Paralympic Games, although weightlifting made its Games debut at the Tokyo 1964 Paralympics.
2. Since Barcelona 1992 only powerlifting is part of the Paralympic Games programme with weightlifting no longer featuring.
3. Women were first allowed to compete in Paralympic powerlifting at the Sydney 2000 Games.
4. Para powerlifting is practised internationally by female and male athletes in nearly 100 countries from all continents.
5. China has topped the Para powerlifting medal table four times at the Paralympics, more than any other country.
6. Nigeria topped the medal table at London 2012 and Rio 2016, while China did it at Tokyo 2020 with seven golds and six silvers.
7. A total of 46 countries have won Paralympic medals in Para powerlifting – 26 have won at least one gold medal.
8. Egypt’s Fatma Omar and Mexico's Amalia Perez have been the most successful powerlifters in Games history with four gold medals and two silvers each between Sydney 2000 and Tokyo 2020.
9. The other powerlifter who has won six medals in Paralympic Games is also a female athlete: Nigeria’s Lucy Ejike (3 golds, 2 silver, and 1 bronze) between Sydney 2000 and Tokyo 2020.
10. China’s Haidong Zhang and Liu Lei are the most successful male powerlifters in Paralympic Games with four gold medals each. Zhang triumphed between Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008, while Lei won four golds between Beijing 2008 and Tokyo 2020.