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National powerlifting championships get underway in Egypt

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The national powerlifting championships run from January 4 to January 6. Image credit: Egyptian Paralympic Committee اللجنة البارالمبية المصرية

The Egyptian national powerlifting championships get underway this morning in Port Said, and run until Tuesday.  The competition is open to both male and female lifters. Events got underway this morning with a meeting of the technical meeting for officials at 9:00 AM.

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The competition is a great opportunity for local powerlifters to get more experience ahead of the 2016 Summer Paralympics.   Several Egyptians are well on their way to qualifying as they have competed at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships including Taha Abdelmagid who finished fourth and is currently ranked fifth in the world in the Men’s Up to 49kg class, Nawal Ramadan who finished fourth in the Women’s Up to 41kg class and is ranked fourth in the world, Sherif Othman who finished first and is ranked first in the Men’s Up to 54kg class, Zeinab Oteify who finished fourth and is ranked fourth in the Women’s Up to 45kg class, Shaaban Ibrahim finished third and is currently ranked fifth in the world in the Men’s Up to 65kg class, Gihan Abdelaziz who finished third and is ranked fourth in the Women’s Up to 50kg class, Mohamed Elelfat who finished first and is ranked first in the Men’s Up to 72kg class, Metwaly Mathana who finished second in the Men’s Up to 80kg and is currently ranked second in the world, Amal Mahmoud who is ranked second in the world and finished second in the Women’s Up to 67kg class, Hany Abdelhady who is ranked fourth in the world and finished fourth in the Men’s Up to 88kg class, Amany Ali who finished second and is ranked second in the Women’s Up to 73kg class, Geehan Hassan who finished second and is ranked third in the world in the Women’s Up to 79kg class, Mohamed Eldib who finished second and is ranked third in the Men’s Up to 97kg class, Randa Mahmoud who finished first and is ranked second in the Women’s Up to 86kg class, Nadia Ali who finished second and is ranked second in the Women’s Over 86kg class, and Mohamed Elsayed who finished fourth and is ranked fourth in the Men’s Up to 107kg class.

 

Egyptian powerlifting has some issues recently, as four time Paralympic medalist Fatma Omar was suspended late last year following positive tests for doping. She had competed the IPC Powerlifting World Championships, finishing first in the Women’s Up to 61kg with a lift of 130 kilograms, which would have made her eligible for Rio.

Laura Hale
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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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