The London 2012 Paralympic Powerlifting events start today.
200 athletes will compete in the bench press. There will be 10 men’s and 10 women’s weight categories.
Live Stream: here
World Records: here
Who can take part?
The sport is open to anyone with a minimum level of disability who can extend their arms within 20° of full extension during a lift.
All athletes have an impairment in their lower limbs or hips, which would prohibit them to compete in able-bodied weightlifting. For example, athletes with a single or double amputation through or above the ankle or stiffness of the knee joint would be eligible to compete. All eligible athletes compete in one sport class, but in different weight categories just like their able-bodied counterparts in weightlifting. (via)
Unfortunately I won’t be able to watch most of the events during week days, but the chat will be open.
So this is as raw as it gets.
Here is a clip from Beijing 2008 of China’s Dong Qi who set a new World Record with 247.5kg in the 100kg class.
And here is Iran’s Siamand Rahman, who is rumored to go for 300kg this year, with his 290kg World Record in the +100kg category, set at the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.
UK readers, is BBC streaming all the Events?