paralympics
Para Powerlifting

Luis Israel Perea Polo of Cuba makes a lift in the men's 67.5 kg at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

What's it all about?

A few nearby construction workers need help lifting up a boulder, when they suddenly realize they have nothing to lift it with! What will they do? No worries, your superhuman powers can lift it up. Sounds cool? Then you need to check out para powerlifting!

How it's played

Things to watch for

Zoe Newson of Great Britain competes on her way to winning bronze in the women's 40 kg at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Successful lifts
  • How to spot a successful lift: the athlete takes the bar off the rack (assisted or not) and holds it straight up until the referee calls “start.” They then lower it to their chest, pause, then press it up evenly to arms' length until the referee calls “rack.”
Siamand Rahman of Iran celebrates his new world record lift in the men's +107 kg category at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Raphael Dias/Getty Images)
The Power Lift
  • After their three tries, athletes might choose to do a fourth power lift for an attempt to break the world record. 
  • This attempt doesn’t count towards their score but it’s always an exciting moment!
South Korea's Keun Bau Chun is surrounded by his spotters during the men's powerlifting +107 kg at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Yasutoshi Chiba/Getty Images)
Spotters
  • The people who stand beside the athlete while they lift. 
  • The spotter’s job is to make sure the athlete is safe in case they drop the barbell with heavy weights on it. 
  • They will also help guide the barbell back to the rack when the lift is finished with the help of a power-assisted mechanised suit.