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South African powerlifter Chantelle Stierman wins bronze at IPC World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

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Chantelle Stierman with her bronze medal in Rio. Image credit: South African Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee

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.

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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.

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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