With the third day of competition having wrapped up at the 2016 IPC Powerlifting World Cup, Kuala Lumpur, Australia’s Benjamin Wright finds himself with a twelfth place finish in the men’s 80KG weight class in a field of lifters that was 20 deep. He had a best lift of 150KG, which he made on his first attempt. He tried for 160KG on his second two attempts but was unable to record a lift. Had he done so, he could possibly have had an eleventh place finish.
Wright, along with Nang Nguyen, are the Western Australian lifters competing in Kuala Lumpur who are trying to secure a qualifying spot for the 2016 Summer Paralympics. He took up the sport in 2011 after a come and try it powerlifting event. Nearly setting a national record in the sport in his first go, he made the switch to powerlifting after 12 years competing domestically in Australia in wheelchair basketball. After only around three years in the sport, he was selected to represent his country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing tenth in the men’s heavyweight group A event with a best lift of 167 KG and 152.1 points.
Xiaofei Gu of China took home gold in the 80KG class, with a best lift of 228 KG. Mexico’s Francicso Arrendondo Porfirio claimed silver with a best lift of 198KG. Nigeria’s Lope Taiwo Tolu won bronze with a best lift of 197KG, beating fourth place finisher Bozorov Akhror of Uzbekistan by 1KG.