Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Georgia win gold at the World Para Powerlifting World Cup

Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Georgia won gold on the penultimate day of competition at the World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Manchester, UK.

The first competition of the day in the men under 80 kg category was won by Georgia’s Ahmad Razm Azar, who weighs 190 kg.

He was 10 kg ahead of British silver medalist Micky Yule, who had the best rating at 180 kg.

The Ukrainian Yurii Babynets won bronze with a weight of 176 kg, 3 kg ahead of the Italian Mattero Cattini.

“Having the opportunity to train again here in Manchester was incredible,” Yule told British Weightlifting.

“I missed that last lift, but I’m pretty happy with that performance.

“It prepares me well to advance to Dubai, the final Tokyo qualifier, and that is where all my energy and focus will be.”

Bose Omolayo added another gold medal to Nigeria’s record for the World Cup, comfortably keeping her at the top of the standings.

Her weight of 140 kg was well ahead of her closest competitor in the women under 79 kg – Ukrainian Nataliia Oliinyk with 122 kg, while Spain’s Maria Alcoba Membrilla won bronze with a best performance of 100 kg.

Lyubov Semenyuk from Ukraine finished fourth with a best time of 96 kg.

Uzbekistan’s Farhod Umirazkov won the gold medal in the men under 88 kg with a best lift of 195 kg.

No further medals were awarded in this category, as the only other competitor, the Pole Tomasz Majewski, could not clear any of his lifts.

The competition is to be concluded in Manchester in three additional weight classes.

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