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THE HISTORY OF PARA-SPORT POWERLIFTING

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Throughout the ages, humanity has competed against one another in feats of strength and power. Competition similar to powerlifting is thought to have been around in the societies of ancient Greece and Egypt.

The modern day counterpart, Para-Sport Powerlifting comes to the XX Commonwealth Games with one of the most competitive line-ups in the history of the competition.

We’re taking a retrospective look at the history of the sport and highlighting the events that have made contest between athletes so competitive.

Para-Sport Powerlifting debuted at the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games, as a weightlifting bench press event for men with spinal-cord injuries. The sport developed quickly, and today this ultimate test of upper body strength is contested on an elite level by male and female competitors, in over a hundred nations and territories around the world. 

Men’s Para-Sport Powerlifting debuted on the Commonwealth Games programme at Manchester 2002, the first time in Games history that Para-Sports were included. Athletes from 20 nations and territories competed in 10 Para-Sport events across Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Swimming, Table Tennis and Weightlifting.

After Solomon Amarakuo took home the Gold medal from Manchester, Nigeria continued to dominate Para-Sport Powerlifting at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Beating England’s Jason Lee Irving and Australia’s Darren Leslie Gardiner (awarded Silver and Bronze respectively), Ruel Ishaku remained in first place on his second attempt at 155kg – well over three times his own bodyweight.

Nigeria went on to win all six Para-Sport Powerlifting medals up for grabs at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Women’s event was now included in the programme, and Esther Osa Oyema was awarded Gold with a best lift of 148.1kg. Yakunu Olaide Adesokan won the Men’s competition, lifting 215.1kg.

Athletes from Nigeria certainly seem to be the ones to watch when Para-Sport Powerlifting gets underway at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Saturday 2 August. With determined rising stars from across the world looking to raise the bar – there will certainly be a few surprises in store.

Para-Sport Powerlifting will be thundering into the XX Commonwealth Games this summer. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW. 

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