Sherif Osman has a taste for victory.
In 2018, he won the African Championships for a second successive time in Algiers, Algeria. The Egyptian powerlifter topped the podium in the men’s up to 59kg.
One year earlier, he claimed the World Championships title in the men’s up to 59kg in Mexico City. He lifted 205kg, close to four times his body weight! That was his third title in three different categories over three appearances.
He took his first gold in the men’s up to 56kg in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2010. Four years later, he repeated the gold in the up to 54kg in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Osman enjoyed the same success at Paralympic Games. After making a golden debut at Beijing 2008, he added two more golds to his haul at London 2012 and Rio 2016. And he is hoping to “win three more Paralympic titles.”
Before each lift, the Egyptian has a ritual. He walks slowly towards the bench and stares at the bar as if challenging it. “It makes me feel self-confident and stronger. I began with it in 2006 and continued doing it in training and especially when I compete."
Osman took up powerlifting in 2005, encouraged by his first coach Said Abd El Hafez, also Egypt’s first powerlifting Paralympic medallist.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He sustained a shoulder injury three months before the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He went on to win gold in the 56kg event at the 2012 Games but felt the injury affected his performance. (paralympic.org, 07 Jun 2019)
He has worked in technical support for Telecom Egypt and served as a head coach for World Para Powerlifting. (Facebook profile, 16 Jul 2021)
In December 2017 he was elected to serve as a Para powerlifting athlete liaison for the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] from 2018 to 2021. (paralympic.org, 09 Dec 2017)
|Men's -56 kg||Final Round||1|
|Men's Up to 56.00kg||Final||2010-07-26||9999|
|Men's -56 kg||Final Round||2012-08-31||1|
|Men's Up to 54.00 kg MD||Final||2014-04-06||1|
|Men's Up to 54.00 kg MD||Record Attempts||2014-04-06||9999|
|Men's -59 kg||Final Round||2016-09-09||1|
|Men's Up to 59.00kg||Final||2017-12-03||1|