Powerlifting: all you need to know for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016

Powerlifting: all you need to know for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016

The only Olympic sport where athletes from different disabilities compete in the same category; know Powerlifting

Marcello Neves

Powerlifting is a sport practiced in over 100 countries. His start in the Paralympic Games was in 1964. Until then only men competed, only two years after women began to compete as well.

The categories are separated only by the weight, which makes it a different sport athletes with different disabilities seeking medal. In the competition are accepted amputee athletes, with minimal limitations, athletes of cerebral palsy classes and athletes of spinal cord injuries.

The male categories are: 48 kg 52 kg 56 kg 60 kg 67.5 kg, 75 kg 82.5 kg 90 kg 100 kg to 100 kg. The female also contains categories 40 kg and 44 kg, and excludes categories after 90 kg.

The competitor has three attempts to lift the weight, the best among them is computed for comparison with the other competitors. The lifter with a chance to break a world record is able to raise once more.

The history of Brazil in weightlifting is not very extensive, since it only debuted in the sport in Atlanta 1996. The Brazilian representative was Marcelo Motta, who set a record of the Americas in the category up to 60kg.

Competition location: Hall 2 - Centro Rio

Unlike what was accomplished in the test event, powerlifting will not be in the Olympic Park, but very close and well-known area, Riocentro. The location that is host to many exhibitions and fairs internationally known cultural receive lifters.

This time the Pavilion 2, which has an area of 11,500 m², has been duly adapted and is intended for powerlifting competitions and weight lifting. In addition to this, the pavilions 3 and 6 were also adapted for table tennis competitions and sitting volleyball.

Champions at London 2012

The Nigerians made history in Paralympic powerlifting in the London 2012 Games, winning 12 medals in total. They left Egypt in second place in the medal table of the modality for very little, the country won 11 medals. The difference was great also because of the amount of golds won, while the first place got six - five of them were in the female category - the second was only four.

In 2012, no Brazilian was on the podium, but the promise is that this year will be different. The home factor can influence the lifters.

Favorites for Rio 2016

Brazil may win his first Olympic gold in the sport, as the test event held in February stood with the performance of the delegation.

Marcia Menezes was the first athlete to win a medal at a world championship in powerlifting in 2014. The lifter intensively trained for seven months to try to win another exclusive title in the sport.

Another promise is Mariana D'Andrea, who was one of the last to get a place in the Brazilian delegation. She won gold medal in the Malaysian World Cup by lift 97 kg, breaking Brazilian records of the Americas and the World.

The Iranian Siamand Rahman, a minority ethnic group in the country, is the strongest paralympic athlete in the world. He already broke eight records and promises to try to become the first Paralympic athlete in history to lift 300 kg.

Nigeria always has a strong delegation and remains a favorite with most medals achievements. Russia was also a candidate to stand in front of Brazil, but due to suspension because of doping scheme in the country, it is possible that Brazilian chances increase.

Curiosities about the sport

- At the beginning of the Games only men with spinal cord injuries earned space in the sport.

- Terezinha Mulato was the first Brazilian woman to compete in powerlifting competitions in Sydney 2000, she is one of the veterans in the Brazilian national team in Rio 2016.

- Iranian Siamand Rahman broke the record of the history of Paralimpíadas by lift a weight of 280kg.

- The largest weight recorded in the women's competition was 165 kg lifted by the Chinese Ruifang Li, gold in Beijing 2008.