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female powerlifter Randa Mahmoud

Randa Mahmoud


Egypt are always hopeful of bringing home gold when Randa Mahmoud is competing. But, after three years staying undefeated, she had to settle for silver at the 2018 African Championships after being beaten by Nigeria’s Loveline Obiji in the women’s over 86kg.

The last time Mahmoud had not topped the podium was precisely at the previous edition of the Africans in 2015 on home soil in Cairo.

In between, she claimed multiple titles.

After taking silver at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, she finally climbed onto the top step of the Paralympic podium at Rio 2016.

She also took gold in three of the four World Championships she competed in, most recently at Mexico City 2017.


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Ismailia, EGY

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 14 in Ismailia, Egypt.
Why this sport?
Her father encouraged her to take up Para powerlifting. "I used to go to El Azima club before starting powerlifting. One of the coaches at the club saw me and encouraged me to start training."
Club / Team
Telecom Egypt: Ismailia, EGY
Name of coach
Mohamed Ezzat [national], EGY; Shabaan Desouky, EGY, from 2017

International debut

Competing for
Taba, EGY

General interest

Watching artistic swimming, drawing. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019;, 27 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at both the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifter Fatma Omar. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -75 kg Final Round 2
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 75.00kg Final 2010-07-29 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -82.5 kg Final Round 2012-09-04 2
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 86.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-10 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -86 kg Final Round 2016-09-13 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Over 86.00kg Final 2017-12-08 1