Mexico’s own breaks world record at Paralympic championships

Mexico's own takes gold in women's powerlifting

Amalia Perez of Mexico set a new powerlifting world record on August 10.

The Mexican native is in Canada competing in the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. On day three of her competition, Perez successfully added 0.5 kg to her weights, breaking her own previous world record and setting another.

The two-time Paralympic champion managed a third round lift of 133.0 kg / 130.15 points to take gold in the women’s up to 55 kg, 61 kg and 67 kg class.

Her teammate Miriam Aguilar Jimenez (90.0kg/95.01 points) claimed silver while Chile’s Camila Campos Dominguez (80kg/82.15 points) collected bronze.

“I feel proud and satisfied. What keeps me motivated is my passion and love for what I do. There are many more things to achieve, records to break and medals to win,” said Perez.

The women’s up to 73kg, 79kg, 86kg and +86kg also saw another Mexican break a Games record. Perla Barcenas (125kg/109.36 points) was victorious with a successful return from an injured shoulder to make her way to the top of the podium.

“It is very touching for me to be back after such a long time and to have won the Parapan Am gold medal. I am now looking forward to competing at next year’s Rio Paralympics, where I hope to climb into the first step of the podium,” Barcenas said.

Powerlifting continues at Toronto 2015 on Tuesday.