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Jordan’s Abdelkareem Khattab leaves Rio without a successful lift at 2016 Paralympic Games

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Jordan’s Abdelkareem Khattab attempts his lift. Image credit: Robert Myers.

Jordan’s Abdelkareem Khattab leaves Rio without a successful lift on three attempts at 2016 Paralympic Games in the men’s -72kg powerlifting event. He was one of five lifters in the ten deep event to fail to make a successful lift in their three attempts.  The others included Turkmenistan’s Sergey Meladze, Egypt’s Mohamed Elelfat, Jordan’s Abdelkareem Khattab and El Salvador’s  Herbert Aceituno.

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On his first lift attempt at 210kg, Khattab could not bring the weight up evenly with a tilt to one side.  He registered a no lift.  His second attempt was also unsuccessful at 210kg.  For his final lift, he tried for 215kgs, and could not successfully manage the higher weight lift.

The 25-year-old from Amman made his international début in 2010, after first having taken up the sport in 2009 as a hobby. Coached by Adel Weshah since 2009, Khattab has been relatively successful in the sport in the past few years. In 2014, he won gold in the -72kg event at the Asian Para Games with a best lift of 197kg. At the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, he finished fourth with a best lift of 191kg.

 

 

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2526 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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