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Egypt’s Fatma Omar wins silver at Rio for her fifth Paralympic medal

Fatma Omar
Egyptian powerlifter Fatma Omar won the silver medal of the women’s -61 kg event at the Rio 2016 Paralympics on Sunday.

The 42-year-old missed out on the first attempt but was successful in her second and third attempts as she lifted 133 kg and 140 kg respectively to secure the silver medal.

Fatma narrowly missed out on gold as Nigeria’s Lucy Ejike, who won silver in the London 2012 Games, broke the Paralympic and world record to finish first with a 142 kg lift. Yan Yang of China settled for bronze with a best lift of 128 kg.

This marks Fatma’s first silver medal in the Paralympic Games as the five-time Paralympic medalist won four consecutive gold medals in the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Games.

Fatma’s silver medal brings the tally of Egypt at the Rio Games, which runs from September 7 to 18, up to four medals after Sherif Osman won gold, Rehab Ahmed won silver and Shaaban Ibrahim won bronze, all in the powerlifting competitions.

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