Sugden makes world powerlifting top ten after switch from basketball
Louise Sugden shocked even herself with a tenth-place finish at her first World Para Powerlifting Championships, in Mexico.
The former wheelchair basketball player, who represented ParalympicsGB at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, lifted 96kg in the -86kg category to finish third in her pool and tenth overall.
Sugden lifted 91kg on her first attempt, then failed at 96kg before lifting it at the second time of asking.
The event was won by Nigeria’s Alice Oluwafemiayo, of Nigeria, with China’s Zheng Feifei picking up silver and Egypt’s Gehan Hassan taking the last spot on the podium.
Oluwafemiayo lifted a world record 144kg for gold, 15kg ahead of her closest rival, and for Sugden it was a first appearance at world level.
The Brit only made the switch from wheelchair basketball earlier in 2017, performing her first powerlifting tests with coaches in Loughborough just six months ago.
And she was understandably pleased with her efforts, Tweeting: “10th in the World and 2 clean lifts. I’ll take that! #Buzzing”