Powerlifting is the ultimate test of upper body strength. The athletes are given three attempts and the winner is the athlete who lifts the highest number of kilograms.
The bench press is the only discipline with 10 different categories based on body weight. The competition is open to all athletes with cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, short stature, amputees (lower limb amputees only) and les autres who meet minimal impairment criteria.
Competitors must lower the bar to the chest, hold it motionless on the chest and then press it upwards to arms length with locked elbows.
Powerlifting for athletes with a impairment made its first appearance in 1964 at the second Paralympic Games in Tokyo as ‘Weightlifting’. Later it changed from ‘Weightlifting’ to ‘Powerlifting’.