History-maker Muslu breaks 100kg mark at IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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by Gary Anderson

April 5, 2014 (ISN) – Turkey’s Paralympic champion Nazmiye Muslu created history in Dubai today at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting World Championships by becoming the first woman to break the 100 kilogramme mark in the under 41kg class.

Muslu showed that she meant business straight from the off by equalling her world record lift of 100kg, set at the European Championships last year, with her first effort in Dubai.

The 35-year-old then demonstrated her immense power by lifting 103kg with her second effort to set a new world mark and take the world title.

“I am very happy with my record,” said Muslu afterwards.

“It has been a lot of hard work and a long time coming.”

Just as at London 2012, China’s Zhe Cui finished second behind the Turk with an effort of 98kg, while Indonesian Ni Nengah Widiashi took bronze.

In the men’s under 49kg competition, it was a battle royale between reigning Paralympic and Commonwealth Games champion Yakubu Adesokan of Nigeria and Vietnam’s Van Cong Le.

Le broke Adesokan’s world record with a lift of 177kg before going on to register an effort of 180kg in the third round to really throw the down the gauntlet to the Nigerian.

However, Adesokan saved his best to last and broke Le’s record, as well as his heart, with a superb final effort of 181kg to take the World Championship crown.

Yakubu Adesokan of Nigeria took the men's under 49kg world title in a dramatic tussle with Van Cong Le of Vietnam ©Getty Images
Yakubu Adesokan of Nigeria took the men’s under 49kg world title in a dramatic tussle with Van Cong Le of Vietnam ©Getty Images

Russia’s London 2012 silver medalist Vladimir Balynetc finished third with a lift of 166kg.

Meanwhile, Balynetc’s compatriot Yulia Vorontsova took the women’s under 41kg junior world title with a lift of 69kg, while 15 year-old Iranian Mohsen Bakhtiar took the men’s under 49kg junior crown with an effort of 131kg.

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