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Top 10 finish for powerlifting convert Sugden

Top 10 finish for powerlifting convert Sugden
powerlifting and wheelchair basketball

Louise Sugden, who represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, secured a top 10 finish at her first Para Powerlifting World Championships.

Sugden lifted 96kg in the -86kg category to finish third in her pool and in place 10th overall, lifting 91kg at the first attempt before two attempts at the higher weight.

The gold was won by Nigeria’s Alice Oluwafemiayo, who lifted a world record 144 kg, with China’s Zheng Feifei taking silver and Egypt’s Gehan Hassan in bronze position.

Sugden switched from her previous sport earlier this year, performing her first powerlifting tests with coaches in Loughborough just six months ago.