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

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Cairo, 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 the 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: Cairo, EGY
Name of coach
Shabaan El Desouky [national], EGY; Nabil Mahmoud, EGY

International debut

Competing for
Taba, EGY

General interest

The Legend (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Reading, drawing. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the 86kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and in the +86kg category at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Aug 2021; Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifters Fatma Omar and Sherif Osman. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
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