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Sierra Leonean Para Powerlifters Excel in World Cup, Aiming for Paralympic Qualification

Updated: Mar 27

Sierra Leone has emerged with two exceptional athletes in the Para Powerlifting arena. Arold Sheka Kamara and Rugiatu Sankoh achieved remarkable feats at the 2024 World Para Powerlifting World Cup held in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, establishing national and regional records.

This prestigious competition served as a qualifying event for the upcoming Paralympic Games in Paris, France, scheduled for August 2024.

Kamara, a rising star in the sport, made an impressive debut in the Men's Up to 65kg category. He showcased extraordinary strength and technique, lifting a combined total of 285kg across his three attempts. This achievement set a new national record for Sierra Leone and the entire Zone 2 West Africa region.

Finishing in a three-way tie for third place, Kamara unfortunately did not receive a medal due to technical considerations. Nevertheless, he placed sixth overall and expressed unwavering determination to enhance his performance in future competitions.

Sankoh, competing in the Women's Up to 86kg category, made history as the first Sierra Leonean woman with a disability to participate in such a high-level competition. She demonstrated remarkable poise and control throughout her attempts, ultimately lifting a weight of 45kg—another record for both Sierra Leone and Zone 2 West Africa.

Both Kamara and Sankoh are now on the verge of securing qualification for the Paris Paralympics. They have one final competition to attend in Thailand, which will determine their fate.

The Ghanaian coach who provided invaluable technical support to the athletes commended their dedication and praised them for being "exceptionally receptive learners."

This is a significant milestone for Para Powerlifting in Sierra Leone. Kamara and Sankoh have the potential to represent their country with pride and distinction on the grandest stage of all this summer.


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