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World Cup Day 4: Two Silvers For GB As Sugden And McGarry Break British Records

Louise Sugden and Liam McGarry added to Great Britain’s medal tally on a dramatic final day of competition at the World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Manchester, both setting new British records.

 World Cup Day 4: Two Silvers For GB As Sugden And McGarry Break British Records

Sugden – a Commonwealth Games silver medallist – added a silver to the hosts’ total, breaking the British record she set in Manchester last year with her third-round lift of 128 kg. After missing her first two attempts, Sugden was given a nervous wait when her third lift was also deemed unsuccessful until the decision was overturned by the jury following a successful technical challenge by British Weight Lifting Performance Director Tom Whittaker.

Speaking afterwards, Sugden said:

“Not ideal, but very happy to be given the last lift even if it was on an appeal. Honestly, it felt good from my perspective so when I got three reds I was really surprised. Quick thinking by Tom and we got the lift. 

“I love breaking British records. I’ve got bigger and bigger goals that I want to achieve. For me that moves me up a spot on the rankings for Tokyo so that was mainly why we went for 128 kg today.  

“I have been able to train all the way through all the lockdowns.  We are lucky enough to have the elite sport exemption, so I have been able to train up in Loughborough for the past couple of months. Without that I don’t think I would have been able to lift anyway near as much as I have today. 

“It’s been a fantastic event again. Really enjoyed it last year. Really enjoyed it this year. I was apprehensive with all the Covid restrictions, but it has been really well managed.”

Earlier in the day, Liam McGarry took silver in the over 107 kg category, the 24-year-old surpassing the British record by 6 kg.

Coming into the sport late on in the qualification cycle means McGarry isn’t eligible to qualify for this summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Paralympics via the standard Top Eight route, but his hopes of selection as a wildcard have been boosted by his performance in Manchester.

Commenting afterwards, an emotional McGarry said:

“I lost my nan eight weeks ago; she really did mean the world to me. She was at every competition, everything I did.

“So this was for her today. I’m just so glad to get a good lift on the board and some silverware for her and a British record as well, and that was something she was so eager for me to get.

“I’ve got Dubai in 11 weeks’ time, so I am going to get straight back on the pedal. No days off. The gym tomorrow smashing out training sessions.

“I’m going to try a longshot of the pathway (qualification) for Tokyo. Going to put myself in the best position possible to give the IPC a decision to make regarding myself, showing them I am the new kid on the block and I am going to bring something.

“I am already closing the gap on the big boys and I have only been in the sport for two years.”

Elsewhere, Nigeria’s Folashade Oluwafemiayo set a new world record of 150.5 kg in the women’s up to 86 kg category on her way to claiming her country’s ninth gold of the event, before compatriot Loveline Ogiji added her nation’s 10th with victory in the women’s over 86 kg event.

This afternoon the Wythenshawe Forum also played host to a historic mixed team event, one of the first in World Para Powerlifting’s history.  The new knockout competition format featured four teams of three athletes with each lifter having one attempt to add to their nation’s total AH score (a formula which takes into account each lifter’s bodyweight).

In the Semi Finals every athlete was able to record a successful clean lift.  Ukraine edged out France 429-420 while Uzbekistan beat Kazakhstan 437-328. That set up the bronze medal match where France beat Kazakhstan 414- 225 after going three from three again compared to their opponent’s two lifts to secure their place on the podium.  

In the eagerly anticipated Gold medal match, Uzbekistan beat Ukraine 447-109 to win the final and become the inaugural mixed team event champions.



Men’s up to 107 kg

Gold: Nuriddin Davlativ (Uzbekistan) 221 kg

Silver: Akaki Jintcharadze (Georgia) 213 kg

Bronze: Jacob Schrom (USA) 203 kg

Men’s over 107 kg

Gold: Lago Gorgodze (Georgia) 205 kg

Silver: Liam McGarry (Great Britain) 202 kg (new British record)

Bronze: Gani Ssentemirov (Kazakhstan) 170 kg

Women’s up to 86 kg

Gold: Folashade Oluwafemiayo (Nigeria), 150.5 kg (new world record)

Silver: Louise Sugden (Great Britain), 128 kg (new British record)

Bronze: Alina Kumeyko (Ukraine), 100 kg

Women’s over 86 kg

Gold: Loveline Ogiji (Nigeria), 150 kg

Silver: Marzene Zieba (Poland), 130 kg

Bronze: Polina Katsman (Israel), 126 kg

Mixed team Event

Semi Final

Ukraine 429 France 420

Kazakhstan 328 Uzbekistan 437


Bronze Medal Match

France 414 Kazakhstan 225

Gold Medal Match

Uzbekistan 447 Ukraine 109

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