One More World Record Falls at Powerlifting World Cup


Folashade Oluwafeniayo receives her gold medal (Photo: IPC)


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The final day of competition at the World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai has seen another World Record fall as Nigerian Folashade Oluwafeniayo broke the world record in the women’s up to 86kg category.

With her second lift of the event, the Nigerian managed to add 1kg to her existing world record with a 146kg lift. With the world record already in the back, Oluwafeniayo wanted to go for even more, attempting to lift 149.5kg but couldn’t get the lift.

Oluwafeniayo finished well in front of the rest of the field with second place going to Jordanian Tharwh Alhajaj with a 117kg lift.

There was a dramatic battle in the women’s up to 73kg event as Indonesian Nurtani Purba had a lead after two lifts with her 105kg lift. Purba came out for the third lift attempting 107kg to seal the cold but couldn’t make the lift. That allowed Thai lifter Arawan Bootpo to jump to the gold after matching the 105kg lift and winning thanks to having a lower body weight.

There was a big gap from the rest of the field, with the bronze medal claimed by Moldovan Larisa Marinenkova who lifted just 86kg.

Turkmenistan got its first gold of the meet as Mayagozel Ekeyeva claimed gold in the women’s up to 79kg category. Ekeyeva lifted 108kg to take the title easily, more than 40kg ahead of UAE’s Maryam Alzeyoudi who lifted under body weight, just 62kg.

The final event of the meet saw Jordan take the top spot in the medal table equal with Nigeria as Jordanian Jamil Elshebli won in the men’s over 107kg to take the gold. Lifting 236kg saw Elshebli easily claim the win ahead of a tight fight for silver with Iraqi Faris Al-Ageeli lifting 206kg, one more than Azerbaijani Shamo Aslanov who finished in third.



Home Nation Takes Gold at Powerlifting World Cup

Adel Shanbih celebrates his gold medal (Photo: IPC)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – After four days of competition, the United Arab Emirates finally won a gold medal on home soil. Adel Shanbih and Mohammed Khalaf claimed their gold medals on Wednesday in the World Para Powerlifting World Cup.

Shanbih claimed the gold in the men’s up to 88kg category, lifting 164kg to extend his lead after already winning with his second lift of 160kg. Shanbih’s win solidifies his chances of qualifying for Tokyo 2020 which would be his first Paralympic Games. Indian Arun Ranga and Thai Khamdam Chinnaphop both lifted 158kg but Chinnaphop finished in third due to his higher bodyweight.

Two time Paralympic champion Khalaf won the hosts second gold of the evening in the men’s up to 97kg category with a comfortable win. Khalaf, second at last year’s world championships, lifted 212kg to easily take the gold. Turkmenistan’s Baryam Saparov was some way off the pace in second with a lift of 190kg with Georgian Iago Gorgodze just five kilograms behind for the bronze medal.

The final gold of the day came in the men’s up to 107kg category with Mongolian Sodnompiljee Enkhbayar claiming it with a 220kg lift in what was a phenomenally tight contest. Kyrgyzstani Zhrygalbek Orosbaev claimed second, pushing the Mongolian with a 200kg lift while the UAE managed a medal in all three events on the day thanks to a bronze to Abdalla Alnaqbi who managed a 185kg lift on a great day for the hosts.

Powerlifters Break World Records in Dubai

Paul Kehinde celebrates after his world record (Photo IPC)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The competition continued to be fierce on day three of the World Para Powelifting World Cup in Dubai on Monday. Two World Records fell with Iraqi Rasool Mohsin and Nigerian Paul Kehinde setting new marks.

Dual Paralympic silver medalist Moshin lifted three absolutely monster lifts to wrap up his gold medal in the men’s up to 72kg category. Beginning at 200kg, Moshin added 10kg on each successful lip to claim gold with a 220kg lift. With the gold sealed Moshin was allowed the chance to break his own world record, lifting 228kg to break his own world record from 2016.

The podium was completed by Turkmenistani lifter Sergey Meladze, second with a 185kg with Thai lifter Thongsa Marasri finishing third with a 180kg lift.

The other World Record came in the men’s up to 65kg category with Nigerian Paralympic champion Paul Kehinde breaking his own World Record. With just his second lift Kehinde managed 221kg, 0.5kg more than his old mark from last year’s world title. Kehinde could have gone even further out, attempting 223kg in the third lift but failed to get the lift.

In second place was Algerian Hocine Bettir, who lifted 183kg, preparing for a home performance at the African Championships in July. There was a junior world record by Malaysian Bonnie Gustin, who came third thanks to a 157kg lift, technically setting a third world record in the day, and the second in the classification.


Paralympic Champions Excel at Powerlifting World Cup

Photo: IPC

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Three Paralympic Champions continued to show that they are the best, winning gold after the second day of competition at the World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai on Sunday.

Three time Paralympic Gold Medalist Lidiia Solovioa claimed the women’s up to 50kg event as she managed a lift of 103kg. That 103kg lift was on her first attempt as she failed to lift 108kg on her next two lifts.

There was disappointment for the home fans as local Marjam Alzejoudi did not manage a successful lift, crashing out of the event. Solovioa should give Alzejoudi some hope after Solovioa is hitting form after missing out on a podium in an earlier event, the World Championships last year.

Former Paralympic Gold Medalist Nigerian Esther Oyema claimed the gold in the women’s up to 55kg category managing a lift of 125kg. After missing out on the gold at the World Championship, Oyema has literally raised the bar, finishing well ahead of the second placed Turkish lifter Yasemin Ceylan who managed to lift 100kg.

Nigerian Paralympic Champion Roland Ezuruike claimed the men’s up to 54kg title with a monster lift of 192kg. Second place was also won with a big lift as Kazakh lifter David Degtyarev claiming silver with a 147kg lift.

In the last event of the day Jordanian Mohammad Tarbash claimed the men’s up to 59kg category in what was a thrilling competition. Tarbash lifted 178kg, just enough to get past Kygyzstani Esen Kaliev with 163kg. The full podium managed to lift 150kg with Thai Choochat Sukjarern managing to lift that amount and complete the podium.


IPC Reschedules Para Swimming and Powerlifting World Championships

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced new dates for the World Para Swimming and World Para Powerlifting Championships to be held in Mexico City as the 2017 Para Sport Festival.

The events were postponed due to the earthquake in Mexico City last month and will now take place from the 27th of November to the 7th of December. Both events will remain in Mexico City with no worries about the venues being damaged in the earthquake.

Originally the event was slated to begin on the 30th of September through to the 6th of October, but the earthquake which hit Mexico City on the 19th of September made it an unsafe environment to host the event, leading to the postponement.

After announcing the changed event date teams now have a new date to submit their final squads to the IPC, they will have until Sunday (October 8th) to finalize and register their squads ahead of the events.

“After extensive dialogue, it is clear that both the Local Organising Committee and City Mexico are eager and very passionate about rescheduling the 2017 Para Sport Festival,” said IPC President Andrew Parsons. They want to show to the world that Mexico City is open and that life and business is continuing. At the same time, the feedback from the IPC membership is that they are keen for the Championships to go ahead.”

“After carrying out all of the necessary safety checks on the venues, team hotels and all related infrastructure, we have decided to reschedule the Championships for two months later than originally planned.”

The decision was taken as part of solidarity with Mexico City, to continue the IPCs effort to support the city as it recovers from the earthquake, with the Agitos Foundation raising $40,000.


Six Paralympians Nominated for Laureus Sports Award

The Nominees (Photo: International Paralympic Committee)

Six Paralympians have been nominated for the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, with the shortlist announced on Wednesday. The Six Paralympians won a combined 22 medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and are deserving nominees of what is the highest individual honor for para sport athletes.

The first athlete in the list is the most decorated athlete of Rio 2016 in Belarussian swimmer Ihar Boki, who dominated the S13 classification. Boki claimed six gold and one bronze in Rio with dominant performances in the S13 classification.

Another swimmer joins Boki on the list as he is joined by New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe who continued to do well in the S10 classification. Pascoe won three gold and two silver in Rio, pushing her to become the most successful New Zealander in Paralympic history, bringing her total to nine gold and six silver.

The strongest male Paralympian in history is also in the short list as Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rhaman has been placed on the list. He became the first Paralympian to lift 300kg doing so at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Cuba received their first nomination for the Laureus Sports awards in this category as T12 sprinter Omara Durand received a nomination. She won three gold medals in Rio and broke the 100m world record, bringing it down to 11.40.

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug was tabbed for the shortlist as a reward for his phenomenal season, beyond just the Rio Paralympic Games. Hug won the Paralympic marathon and became the first man to win the marathon Grand Slam, claiming the Boston, London, Chicago, and New York marathons.

Rounding out the list is Italian teenaged fencer Beatrice Vio who managed two medals in her Paralympic debut an individual gold and a team bronze. The list was decided by the IPC Governing Board who narrowed things down to six, with the winner announced on February 14th.

IPC Rebrands Ten Sports

The new logos (Source: International Paralympic Committee)

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) currently serves as the International Federation for ten sports and on Wednesday they announced a major change. Effective immediately all ten sports have had a rebranding, now labelled “world para” instead of “IPC” and have had logo changes.

The new logos really seek to clarify the difference between the para sports and their able-bodied equivalents. The new logos feature athletes with impairment in them to reflect the para sports nature of the sports.

With these new logos and new names, the IPC logo will now not be featured within the international federation logos. That means that the IPC logo will now be exclusively used with the Paralympic Games along with the word Paralympic.

Changes are taking effect immediately but it will take a full year before the changes are fully implemented. This is because the winter seasons are already under way so the world cup events for those sports will remain under the old branding with only the world championships receiving the new change.

Three sports, ice hockey, shooting and dance sport are facing significant changes due to the rebrand, changing sport names. Ice hockey will change from ice sledge hockey to just para ice hockey after requests from that sport’s community.

Shooting will face a unique change, in order to avoid confusion with parachuting the international federation will be called ‘world shooting para sport’. Dance sport involves a sport name change, moving from wheelchair dance sport, reflecting that athletes that are not wheelchair bound can participate and reflecting a hope to include standing athletes who wear prosthetic limbs.