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Powerlifting (Paralympic Games)

08-28-2012 15:45 BJT

After its initial introduction to the Paralympic Games at Tokyo in 1964, when it was billed as Weightlifting, the sport now known as Powerlifting underwent a major transition. It expanded to include athletes with cerebral palsy or spinal injuries, lower-limb amputees and ‘les autres’ (‘the other’ disability groups). Women made their Powerlifting debut at Sydney 2000 and the sport has continued to grow at a rapid rate ever since.

Powerlifting is a bench-press competition – the ultimate test of upper-body strength.

With athletes from more than 100 countries now involved in international competition, it is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. The bench-press contest offers a tense and dramatic sporting spectacle, as athletes battle to lift more weight than their rivals.

Competition dates

30 August – 5 September

Competition venue


Number of competitors

200: 120 men and 80 women

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source:

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