Ali Jawad is a British powerlifter who competes in the -59kg class. Originally born in Lebanon, Ali’s talent for powerlifting was discovered back in 2005 when he was just 16 years old.
On the eve of his Paralympic debut in Beijing, Ali fell ill. He still competed, finishing ninth, but he was later diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
After finishing fourth at the London 2012 Paralympics and narrowly missing out on a medal, Ali continued to work hard and was rewarded with his first gold medal and world record at the Asian Open Championships in Kuala Lumpur, followed by another gold and world record at the 2014 IPC World Championships in Dubai, lifting 190kg.
In 2015 Ali’s winning run continued, winning another gold medal in the -65kg class at the IPC Powerlifting European Championships in Eger, Hungary, to ensure that he was selected to ParalympicsGB as reigning World and European Champion.
Competing in his third Games at Rio 2016, Ali won his first ever Paralympic medal after securing silver in the men’s -59kg category, lifting a best of 190kg to finish second.
Gold went to Egypt’s Sherif Osman who set a Paralympic record of 203kg with China's Yang Quanxi taking bronze with 176kg.
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