Wednesday cover: Power points as Mohammed Khalaf wins gold for UAE at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

UAE athlete Mohammed Khalaf makes the cover of The National Sport on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 after the Emirati won the country’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Tuesday.

UAE athlete Mohammed Khalaf makes the cover of The National Sport on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 after the Emirati won the country’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Tuesday.

Khalaf took top spot in the men’s under-88kg powerlifting competition, lifting 220 kilograms to triumph over Brazil’s Evanio da Silva (210kg) and Mongolia’s Sodnompiljee Enkhbayar (210kg) at the RioCentro Pavilion.

The result means Khalaf, 47, can now display a trio of medals in his Barsha villa, and has more golds at the Paralympics than his entire country has managed at Olympic level.

“I cannot express my feelings for winning another gold,” said Khalaf, who became the oldest powerlifter to win gold at Rio 2016.

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Published: September 14, 2016 04:00 AM

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