How do you compete?
The competition starts with a draw to determine the order of weighing and lifts. After the athletes are classified within the ten weight classes (divided between men and women), each one performs three lifts for its corresponding weight class. The heaviest well performed lift within each category is the one used for the final qualification in the competition.
In Para Powerlifting athletes lie down facing upwards in a especially designed bench, and after taking or receiving the bar with extended arms, the lifter awaits the signal from the main referee with their elbows locked and the bar under control.
After receiving the Start signal, the lifter must lower the bar to his/her chest, keep it immobile over the chest and then push it upwards in a uniform way, with a uniform extension of both arms with the elbows in a locked position.
When this position is kept immobile and controlled, the “rack” sound signal will be issued, and the bar will return to the rack
The three nominated international referees give an immediate evaluation of the competitor’s attempt, using a white light to reflect a successful lift and a red light to indicate a failed lift (no-lift). Two or more white lights mean a good lift, and two or more red reflect a no-lift.
Each athlete has three tries and, upon the judges’ determination, a fourth attempt may be allowed to achieve a new world-record, but this attempt does not count for the final result of the competition