World Champions Lucy Ejike and Roland Ezuruike are amongst the powerlifters to watch out for according to the World Para Powerlifting Body.
The World Para Powerlifting announced athletes to watch out for at the African Championship, set to take place in Algiers, Algeria, between 10th and 12th August.
It said “These five powerlifters are individuals who have the potential to make headlines at the second continental competition of the year”.
The powerlifters are: Lucy Ejike and Roland Ezuruike, Hocine Bettir (Algeria), Randa Mahmoud (Egypt) and Sherif Osman (Egypt).
Lucy Ejike seeks to return to winning ways after claiming silver at April’s Commonwealth Games.
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Ejike won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; gold at the World Championships in Mexico and won silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – Silver: women’s lightweight.
Roland Ezuruike won gold medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 2017 World Championships in Mexico and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Hocine Bettir (Algeria) who is the home favourite is confident of reaching the podium after taking bronze at the Mexico City 2017 World Championship.
The Paralympic and world champion has not lost at a major international competition since 2014 and will be favourite to win again on Algerian soil.
Randa Mahmoud (Egypt) will battle against Nigerian Loveline Obiji in one of the most anticipated showdowns between Paralympic champions.
Sherif Osman (Egypt) is a three-time Paralympic and world gold medallist aims to add another title to his collection and few doubt he will do so.