Over the past week, the belly of Glasgow’s famous Armadillo has been buzzing with intensity and drama as the strong men and women of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games battled it out for Weightlifting Gold.
Now the Weightlifting action has ended, you can watch even more gravity-defying lifts when the Para-Sport Powerlifting competition takes over the Clyde Auditorium at the SECC Precinct this Saturday, 2 August.
Nearly 40 athletes from 15 nations and territories will compete in four medal events – the Men’s Lightweight (up to 72kg) & Heavyweight (from 72.1kg), and the Women’s Lightweight (up to 61kg) & Heavyweight (from 61.1kg).
Competitors will bench-press a bar bell on a specially adapted bench, and the champions will be determined using the AH Formula – which multiplies the athletes’ best results with their bodyweight.
Nigeria hopes to continue its dominance in the competition, picking up all six medals on offer in Delhi four years ago. Out of the 12 medals available in the history of Para-Sport Powerlifting at the Games, Nigeria has taken home eight!
Esther Oyema could potentially become the first athlete to win multiple medals in Para-Sport Powelifting. The Nigerian won Gold at Delhi 2010, but will face tough competition in the Women’s Lightweight event from England’s Natalie Blake.
Ali Jawad of England broke a world record at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting Champions in Dubai earlier this year, and on Saturday he’ll be lifting against the likes of Australia’s Abebe Fekadu and India’s Farman Basha.
In the heavyweight competition Jessica Gray will be hoping to bench-press her way to Gold for Australia, and in the Men’s category there will be a fierce battle between two Mayalsian lifters – Yee Khie Jong and Mohd Shahmil Md Saad.
Micky Yule – who was injured by an improvised explosive device whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010 – will be making Team Scotland’s debut in Para-Sport Powerlifting and when he takes to the stage, the crowd are sure to roar themselves hoarse.
Don’t miss your chance to experience the intensity and drama of Para-Sport Powerlifting at Glasgow 2014. All ticket sales are now ‘for collection’, so you can buy them from the Ticketing website or from the Ticket Hotline on 0800 458 2014*, then collect the tickets at our city centre George Square Ticket Office or a Venue Ticket Office.
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