Powerlifting is the ultimate test of upper body strength and can sometimes see athletes lift more than three times their own body weight.
It is open to all athletes with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, lower limb amputees and les autres who meet the minimal disability criteria.
The bench press is the sport's single discipline, with 10 different categories based on body weight. Competitors must lower the bar to the chest, hold it motionless on the chest and then press it upwards to arms length with locked elbows. Athletes are given three attempts and the winner is the athlete who lifts the highest number of kilograms.
The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Powerlifting Technical Committee.
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