Lidiia Soloviova was one of three Paralympic champions to win on the second day of competition at the Fazza 2018 World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Ukraine’s triple Paralympic gold medallist Soloviova won the women´s up-to-50 kilograms category with a 103kg lift, enough to secure first place even after she had failed twice to lift 108kg at the Dubai Club For People Of Determination.
Soloviova's main goal for the year is the European Championships, where she is hoping to win a medal again after an unexpected fourth place at last year's World Championships in Mexico City left her off the podium at a major competition for the first time in her career.
In the same category, United Arab Emirates' Marjam Alzejoudi failed her three attempts and finished off of the podium.
London 2012 champion Esther Oyema secured gold in the women´s up-to-55kg after clearing the bar at 125kg, a lift that would have earned her gold at last year’sWorld Championships.
The Nigerian finished ahead of Turkey's Yasemin Ceylan and Indonesia's Rani Puji Astuti, who managed 100 and 80kg respectively.
The other Paralympic gold medallist enjoying success in Dubai was Nigeria's Roland Ezuruike, who won the men's up-to-54kg following a 192kg lift.
Kazakhstan's David Degtyarev earned the silver medal with 147kg.
Jordan's Mohammad Tarbash won the last gold medal of the day in the men's up-to-59kg with a 178kg lift.
Kyrgyzstan's Esen Kaliev, who managed 163kg, and Thailand's Choochat Sukjarern, who lifted 150kg, completed the podium.
Competition is due to continue tomorrow with the men´s up-to-65kg and 72kg events.