Nine medals at the Para Powerlifting World Cup

Abeer Anwar , Tuesday 4 Jun 2024

The Egyptian Para Powerlifting team delivered an exceptional performance at the World Cup in Mexico, amassing nine medals



The medals comprised four gold, four silver and one bronze. The prestigious event marked one of the final qualifying stages for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Enas Al-Jabali shone brightly, securing the gold medal in the 41kg category while Sabah Abdel-Fattah emerged victorious in the 61kg category. In the men’s category, Mahmoud Sabri and Hani Abdel-Hadi clinched gold in the 80kg and 97kg categories, respectively.

Hadi Samuel, in a closely contested 49kg category, earned a commendable silver, narrowly missing the gold to a Cuban who lifted 157kg, a mere kilogramme more than Samuel. Taha Abdel-Majid demonstrated prowess, capturing silver in the 54kg category.

In the women’s division, Amani Al-Desouki garnered silver in the over 86kg category, with Amal Hanafi also taking silver in the 79kg category. Omayma Omar added to the tally with a bronze medal in the 50kg category.

Egypt’s contingent consisted of 10 formidable athletes, including six women: Al-Jabali, Abdel-Fattah, Omar, Amani Al-Desouki, Sabah Mohamed and Amal Mahmoud Hanafi. The men were Abdel-Hadi, Samuel, Taha Adel and Mahmoud Sabri.

The delegation was led by Mohamed Yehia Youssef, a member of the Egyptian Paralympic Committee’s board. The technical team comprised André Achebret as the technical director, Shaaban Al-Desouki head coach, Hani Mohamed as coach, Louay Al-Sabahi the team doctor, and Ali Mohamed the team administrator.

The achievement not only underscored Egypt’s prowess in Para Powerlifting but also set the stage for a promising start to their aspirations at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games to be held from 28 August to 8 September.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 6 June, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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