Sherif Osman15 September 1982 Minya, Egypt
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Gold: men's up to 59kg
- 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships - Gold: men's up to 54kg
- London 2012 Paralympics - Gold: men's up to 56 kg
- 2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships - Gold: men's up to 56 kg; 2006 IPC Powerlifting World Championships - Silver: men's up to 56kg
- Beijing 2008 Paralympics - Gold: men's up to 56 kg
Sherif Osman began his powerlifting career in 2005 after he was encouraged by his coach, Said Abdelhafez, who was the first Egyptian powerlifter to medal at the Paralympics.
Osman had previously been a shot putter, although, he went on to make his name at the 2006 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Korea, as he lifted 175kg to help earn himself a silver medal, falling just short of gold to China’s Wang Jian, who lifted 180kg.
With a couple years of training, by the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Osman found himself atop the podium. He won gold in the men's up to 56kg category four days before his birthday, breaking the world record three times on his way to victory.
The Egyptian’s first attempt at 195kg toppled the previous world record of 194kg, which was held by Jian.
Afterwards, Osman went on to lift 200kg in his next attempt and with his final lift he cemented his name in the record books by impressively shifting 202.5kg.
Two years later, Osman rewrote his own world record at the 2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships Championships in Malaysia.
He lifted 205kg en route to gold in the men's up to 56kg category on the second day of the competition at the Titiwangsa Stadium.
The world-recorder holder lifted 197kg with his first attempt before narrowly failing to lift 205kg twice.
At the 2014 World Championships in Dubai, UAE, Osman, who trains six times a week, won gold in the men's up to 54kg with a new world record.
Then he announced a move up to the men's up to 59kg and in 2015, set a new world record in that category at an IPC Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai.
Osman claimed victory with a 203kg lift, his third consecutive Paralympic title, going on to set a new world record of 211kg in the fourth round.