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Preview: Everything you need to know about the World Para Powerlifting Championships

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Double Paralympic bronze medallist Zoe Newson headlines a nine-strong British squad set for Mexico City as the World Para Powerlifting Championships get underway.

Newson – who won -45kg bronze in Rio having won the same colour in London four years previously – is also joined by Paralympian Natalie Blake in the squad, although silver medallist Ali Jawad has been forced to withdraw.

The championships were previously set to take place in September and October but had to be rescheduled by the IPC following August’s devastating earthquake in Mexico.

Here’s everything you need to know about the World Para Powerlifting Championships.

History

The World Para Powerlifting Championships – known as the IPC Powerlifting World Championships until November 2016 – first took place in 1994 in Uppsala, Sweden.

The ultimate test of upper body strength, powerlifting can sometimes see athletes lift more than three times their own body weight.

The bench press is the sport’s only discipline, with ten different categories based on weight. Competitors must lower the bar to their chest, hold it motionless, and then press upwards to arm’s length with locked elbows.

Powerlifting is open to male and female athletes with any of eight physical impairments – impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis.

At the last edition of the championships, in Dubai three years ago, Jawad was Britain’s sole medallist, crowned world champion in the men’s -59kg.

The schedule

Action in Mexico City will get underway on December 2, with the first athletes kickstarting their campaign at the Gymnasium Juan de la Barrera at 4.15pm (UK time).

The Championships will conclude on December 8.

The squad

Olivia Broome (-50kg)

Zoe Newson (-45kg)

Natalie Blake (-55kg)

Louise Sugden (-86kg)

Oliver Brown (-65kg)

Panagiotis Mamuneas (-65kg)

Nathaniel Wilding (-72kg)

Brett Leahy (-80kg)

Ross Austen (-88kg)

How to follow

Live results can be found here

Daily wraps will be available on the ParalympicsGB website.

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