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Ukraine and Russia dominate women’s powerlifting at 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul

Women's powerlifting at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. Image credit: EJ Moncia Kim.

Today, Ukrainian and Russian women’s powerlifters not only swept all gold medals in bench press and powerlifting, but also set the new world records at the 2015 World Games in Seoul, Korea.

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Particularly, Ukrainian women’s powerlifters won eight medals including six gold in bench press and powerlifting. Russian team earned nine medals including two gold. Powerlifting results are the total record of lifts in squat, bench press and deadlift.

There were four groups, divided into each class: group 1 (48-52kg), group 2 (56-60kg), group 3 (67.5-75kg) and group 4 (90kg).

In group 1, Ukraine’s Olga Chaikovska won two gold medals in bench press and powerlifting. Although she failed to break the world record in bench press, she set the new one with a lift of 285.5kg in powerlifting in the women’s 52kg. Her compatriot, Olena Mazurova  earned bronze and silver in bench press and in powerlifting, respectively. Russian powerlifter Larisa Malyshkina was the second finisher with a lift of 242.5kg which became the new world record in powerlifting in the 48kg.

Halyna Halinska from Ukraine took home another gold medal, and also set the new world record of a lift of 320kg in group 2. Ukrainian powerlifter, Vasylysa Kozyreva claimed gold and silver in bench press and powerlifting, respectively. Uliana Tsizdyn added two more gold medals to Ukraine, as claiming victory in group 3.

Russia’s Irina Demasova checking her result after attempting deadlift. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim

Russia’s Irina Demasova checking her result after attempting deadlift. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim

Russia’s Irina Demasova who smashed the world record with a lift of 90kg in bench press brought two gold medals to her country in group 4.

Additionally, Ayaka Mori from Japan set her personal best record with a lift of 90kg. Russia’s Elena Korotkova and Canada’s Vanessa Murby also renewed the world record of deadlift with a lift of 157.5kg and 165kg, respecitvely.

The men’s powerlifting competition will get underway between May 12 and 13 at the Woori Art Hall in Seoul’s Olympic Park.

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.

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