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Egyptian weightlifter Fatma Omar qualifies for Rio Summer Paralympics

Fatma Omar

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Egyptian weightlifter Fatma Omar won the World Weightlifting Cup for disabled athletes in Malaysia, thus qualifying for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

In 2012, Omar broke a world record by claiming her fourth consecutive gold medal in London’s Summer Paralympic Games after previously winning gold in the 2000 Syndey’s Summer , 2004 Athen’s Summer , and 2008 Beijing’s Summer .

Earlier this year, Fatma Omar won the World Weightlifting Championship in Dubai by setting by lifting 135.5 kilograms, a world record yet to be broken.

In this competition, Omar won the U-61 kilogram division after lifting 126 kilograms. Fatma Omar is now thehighest ranked disabled weightlifter in the world.

With that win, the 43-year-old is set to take part in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics as part of the Egyptian national weightlifting team for disabled female’s athletes. The event will start Spetember 7 and end on the 18th of the same month.

Omar is now the second Egyptian Paralympian to qualify for the Paralympics, after Hamada Hassan won silver in 2015 International Paralympics Committee Athletics World Championship.

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