Eldib sets world record, UAE’s Khalaf wins silver

Khalaf had a best lift of 230kg in the Men 97kgs category which was won by Mohamed Eldib with a new world record mark of 241.

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Published: Fri 20 Mar 2015, 12:45 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:56 PM

Dubai — Emirati heavyweight Mohammed Khalaf won a silver medal in the 97kg event while French star Souhad Ghazhouani broke Egypt’s stranglehold at the 6th Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup Dubai 2015 on Tuesday.

A lifter celebrates his successful performance. — Supplied photo 

Khalaf had a best lift of 230kg in the Men 97kgs category which was won by Mohamed Eldib with a new world record mark of 241. Malaysia’s Jong Yie Khie took the bronze medal in this event with a lift of 210.

Khalaf was the second Egyptian to set a new world record in the Open category after Sherif Othman pushed the bar to 210 in the 59kgs event.

 Three-time medallist at the Paralympic Games Ghazhouani showed her class by almost effortlessly lifting 120, 125 and 130 to win gold in the 73kgs event.

A gold medallist in London, the 32 year-old beat Egypt’s Amany Ali who had to settle for silver after failing to lift 122kg twice.

However, Geehan Hassan added to Egypt’s gold medal tally winning the Women 79 kg event with a best lift of 122. The high level of organization of the 6th Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup Dubai 2015 came in for praise from Su Jung Ghyu, secretary general Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games Organising Committee.

“This Championships has really impressed me. I found everything being conducted in a professional manner and very well supported,” said Jung Ghyu on his first visit for the Fazza Championships.

“It was not only a sporting event but many cultural events were there for both spectators and athletes to enjoy,” said the top Korean delegate here on the invitation of Majid Abdullah Al Usaimi, Executive Director at the Dubai Club for the Disabled and Director of Fazza Championship for People with Disability.

Jung Ghyu also congratulated Majid Abdullah Al Usaimi on his election as head of the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) in Incheon last October.

“When we found that there is IPC Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai we were keen to come to Dubai and see the Fazza competition,” who commended Thani Juma Berregad, Chairman of the Dubai Club for the Disabled and Head of the organizing committee of the Fazza Championships for the Disabled, for leaving no stone for the success of the event.

“If UAE were to host the Asian Para Games they will hold a very good event,” said Jung Ghyu who was associated with organizing the 2002 World Cup when it was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. The next Asian Para Games will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2018.



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