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a male powerlifter celebrates his gold medal on the podium

Sherif Osman

Powerlifting
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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Three children
Residence
Cairo, EGY
Occupation
Coach, Information Technology
Languages
Arabic
Higher education
Language Studies - Minya University: Egypt

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para powerlifting in 2005 in Cairo, Egypt.
Why this sport?
His first coach, Said Abd El Hafez, who won Egypt's first Paralympic powerlifting medal, encouraged him to take up the sport. "Being born with a disability in a small village in Egypt is not an easy thing. I saw a lot of pity and difficulties so I wanted to change this and make myself and my family proud. I wanted to send a message to the world that I can do anything I want. I met a friend after graduating from college who encouraged me to start powerlifting and go to my first training session."
Club / Team
Egypt Telecom Club: Cairo, EGY
Name of coach
Mohamed Ezzat [national]
Training Regime
He trains five days a week, two times a day.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Egypt

General interest

Hobbies
Chess. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at three Paralympic Games and three world championships. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Said Abd El Hafez, and his family. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019; masrawy.com, 18 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifters Ahmed Gomma, Metwaly Mathana and Fatma Omar. (masrawy.com, 18 Sep 2016)
Injuries
He sustained a shoulder injury in the lead-up to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 07 Jun 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He walks slowly towards the bench and stares at the bar. "This ritual makes me feel self-confident and stronger. I began with it in 2006 and continued doing it in training and especially when I compete." (paralympic.org, 18 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Losing a championship doesn't mean failure, doing the best you could is considered winning." (Facebook profile, 11 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Best African Para Powerlifter at the 2018 African Championships in Algiers, Algeria. (paralympic.org, 23 Aug 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in shot put. (paralympic.org, 02 Apr 2013)
Famous relatives
His wife has competed in Para powerlifting . (youm7.com, 13 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 07 Jun 2019)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age nine. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019; masrawy.com, 18 Sep 2016)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -56 kg Final Round 1
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 56.00kg Final 2010-07-26 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -56 kg Final Round 2012-08-31 1
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -59 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 59.00kg Final 2017-12-03 1