With the IPC World Cup having wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, South African powerlifter Chantelle Stierman returned home on Monday with a bronze medal in the women’s 61 kg class after making a lift of 87 kg. The weight is 2 kg more than the minimum qualifying lift for the 2016 Summer Paralympics.
Stierman finished behind Brazil’s Maria Luzineide Santos de Oliveira and Chile’s Camila Campos, both of whom she will likely see again at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
The other South African competitor at the event was Ricardo Fitzpatrick. In the under-80kg division, 35-year-old Fitzpatrick was disqualified early on because of a technicality after his left arm went slightly out and was unable to complete any of his lifts. The Kimberley locals hopes to improve on the disappointing performance in two weeks at the Dubai hosted 2016 Fazza Powerlifting World Cup.