McIntyre wins silver at Powerlifting World Championships

Australia’s first lady in Paralympic powerlifting, Deahnne McIntyre, has won a silver medal at the 2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Kuala Lumpur today.

McIntyre lifted 127.5kg to take out silver in the women’s Over 82.5kg weight division, reaffirming her place as one of the best in her category.

But while the result bodes well for McIntyre’s London Paralympic Games preparation, the silver medal was somewhat bittersweet for the Canberra resident, who fell well short of lifting her personal best of 137.5kg achieved at the Fazza International in Dubai earlier in the year.

According to Australian Paralympic Committee Powerlifting Program Coordinator, Caroline Walker, the colour of McIntyre’s medal may have been gold if she had continued her Dubai form.

“Deahnne’s silver medal shows what she is capable of when competing against the world’s best female powerlifters. The silver is a great achievement for Deahnne and the Australian Paralympic Powerlifting Team however if her recent form had continued, she could’ve given the gold medallist a run for her money,” Walker said.

The gold medallist lifted 142kg, 14.5 kg more than McIntyre while a lift of 117kg secured the bronze.

McIntyre was one of the first Australian women to take up powerlifting when it was opened to females at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. She has competed at every Paralympics since then and is hoping to improve on her current performance at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.

By Rebekka Wake

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