April 6 - Egypt's Sherif Othman today broke his own world record four times on his way to becoming the men's under 54 kilogram powerlifting world champion.
The double Paralympic champion finished with a fourth lift of 205kg - almost four times his own body weight - at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai to add a further 24kg to his previous record of 181kg, which he set just over a year ago.
The 31-year-old, who also won gold at the 2010 World Championships, started with a first lift of 187kg, a second of 193kg and a third of 202kg.
He then decided to go for a fourth lift - while being watched by IPC President Sir Philip Craven and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and vice-president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai - with the crowd erupting in applause at his impressive final lift.
Othman has now revealed he is considering a change of weight category for Rio 2016.
"Today I got my dream," he said.
"After this I will think about entering a heavier weight category, maybe the -59kg.
"In Rio maybe I will be there."
The silver medal in the weight class went to Russia's Vladimir Krivulya, who lifted 180kg, while bronze went to China's Qi Feng, who lifted 177kg.
The junior medals went to Greece's Paschalis Kouloumoglou - who took gold with a lift of 144kg, Great Britain's Panagiotis Mamuneas - who claimed silver with 121kg, and Iraq's Ahmed Al-Majmaie - who secured bronze with 115kg.
Britain's Ali Jawad claimed gold in the men's under 59kg and broke his own world record with a lift of 190kg.
He did, however, face tough competition from Iran's ultimate silver medallist Hamzeh Mohammadi who, in the first round, had bettered Jawad's previous record of 185kg by 1kg to take an early lead before the Briton lifted his winning weight.
Nigeria's Anthony Ulonnam finished with bronze thanks to a lift of 183kg, while junior gold and silver went to Iran's Ahmad Doustdarshahmirzadi, who lifted 133kg, and Uzbekistani Iksandar Tursunbaev, who lifted 120kg.
The closest competition of the day, the women's -under 45kg, saw three of the top four athletes finishing with lifts of 95kg.
They had to be separated by bodyweight, but the eventual winner was Russia's Rayisa Toporkova, who finished ahead of Poland's Justyna Kozdryk and Mexico's Laura Cerero.
Egypt's world record holder Zeinab Oteify placed fourth as she was the heaviest of the three tied athletes.
The World Championships continues tomorrow with the men's under 65kg and under 72kg and the women's under 50kg competitions
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