Mexico City 2017: Sherif Osman vs. Paschalis Kouloumoglou

Egyptian set to win third successive world Para powerlifting title

two male Para powerlifters Kouloumoglou (L) could be the only challenger to the dominant Osman © •

With Ali Jawad's withdrawal from the Mexico City 2017 World Championships due to medical reasons, Sherif Osman has no opponent in the men’s up to 59kg strong enough to prevent him from winning a hat-trick of world titles in three weeks.

The Egyptian has maintained a clear dominance in the international powerlifting scene over the years, winning three Paralympic gold medals and two World Championships titles, and has never lost at a major competition.

Osman set a world record of 211kg at Rio 2016, almost four times his body weight!

Nevertheless, Greece's Paschalis Kouloumoglou, who finished fifth at last year's Paralympics, will be ready to give his best at Mexico City 2017 and expect a miracle to happen to defeat the so far unbeatable Osman. If not, a silver or bronze will also be well-celebrated.

Head to Head

PERSONAL INFO

Osman: Nationality: Egypt. Age: 34

Kouloumoglou: Nationality: Greece. Age: 22

PARALYMPIC GAMES

Osman: Games: 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)

Medals: 3 (3 golds)

Kouloumoglou: Games: 1 (2016)

Medals: 0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Osman: Championships: 2 (2010, 2014)

Medals: 2 (2 golds)

Kouloumoglou: Championships: 1 (2014)

Medals: 0

DID YOU KNOW?

Osman: His coach Said Abd El Hafez won Egypt's first powerlifting Paralympic medal, a silver in the men's up to 67.5kg at Barcelona 1992

Kouloumoglou: Received a sporting achievement award from the Greek Paralympic Committee in 2015 after finishing fifth at the European Open Championships in Eger, Hungary

More information can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.