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India’s Farman Basha about to start his Rio competition journey

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Farman Basha of India during a training session earlier in Rio.  Image credit: Laura Hale

Farman Basha of India during a training session earlier in Rio. Image credit: Laura Hale

In a few minutes, the men’s 49kg powerlifting event gets underway at the Rio Paralympics Games where Indian powerlifter Farman Basha will be seeking to bring a medal back home to his country with his second attempt.

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Basha is competing in nine deep field.  In his first attempt, he will to lift 140 kg which would be the fifth best if he can lift. The lifter from Vietnam Cong Le Van has the heaviest first attempt with a weight of 175kg.

42 Basha is from Bangalore.  He is the only Indian powerlifter in Rio.  These are his fourth Games having previously competed at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2521 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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