Promising future ahead for Britain’s para powerlifters after World Championships
Zoe Newson’s bronze may have been the highlight but Great Britain’s powerlifters can look to the future with optimism after a promising World Championships in Mexico City.
Double Paralympic medallist Newson – winner of bronze at both London 2012 and Rio 2016 – added another medal to her collection in the -45kg category.
With a best lift of 97kg, the 25-year-old finished behind China’s Guo Lingling and Turkey’s Nazmiye Muratli – the former breaking the world record in her first major competition.
Another familiar face in action in North America was five-time Paralympian Natalie Blake who finished sixth in the -55kg.
Blake, who has appeared at every Games since Sydney 2000, lifted a best effort of 90kg, but it proved not enough to see her among the medals.
Louise Sugden has enjoyed a whirlwind 2017 after making the switch from wheelchair basketball to powerlifting, performing her first tests for the latter just six months ago.
Sugden represented ParalympicsGB on the basketball court in Beijing and London but made her para powerlifting World Championship debut in Mexico City last week.
She finished tenth in the -86kg with a top lift of 96kg with the gold medal going to Nigeria’s Alice Oluwafemiayo who set a new world record – though it was still a performance after which Sugden couldn’t hide her delight.
“Tenth in the world and two clean lifts. I’ll take that!” she wrote on Twitter.
It was a tenth place finish for Olivia Broome too, coming in the women’s -50kg with a best effort of 77kg.
Britain’s men were in action in Mexico City too with Nathaniel Wilding and Ross Austen finishing 12th and 17th respectively in the -80kg.