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Egypt’s Mohamed Eldib breaks Paralympic record to win gold at Rio
Egypt’s Mohamed Eldib won powerlifting gold medal and set a new record in the men’s -97 kg at the Rio 2016 Paralympics on Tuesday.
Eldib, 37, lifted 233 kg in his first attempt. He then missed his second attempt, before successfully lifting 237 kg on his final attempt to break the Paralympic record and secure gold.
China’s Dong Qi came second with a lift of 233 kg, while Jose de Jesus Castillo Castillo of Mexico came third after lifting 229 kg.
This marks Eldib’s second Paralympic gold medal, as he has previously won gold in the men’s 100 kg event at the London 2012 Games, which marked his first-ever Paralympic participation.
Eldib’s medal marks Egypt’s third gold at Rio and it comes only few hours after Randa Mahmoud won the country’s second gold medal in the 2016 Games.
Egypt now sit 22nd on the Rio Paralympics medal table after increasing its tally to nine medals, including three gold, three silver and three bronze.