【Competition Venues:Tokyo International Forum

    • Overview

      Powerlifting is a sport in which athletes with impairment in their lower limbs lift a barbell (a bar loaded with heavy plates) by using their upper body strength.

      playing view(All Japan Championship January 2015)

      All Japan Championship(January 2015)

      The winner is the athlete who lifts the highest number of kilograms. In Powerlifting, there is no classification according to the type and the extent of athletes' impairments, and competitions are held on body weight basis. For athletes with amputations, to compensate the weight loss, weight is added to their body weight to account for missing limbs.

      The sole event in Paralympic powerlifting is the bench press, in which powerlifters lie on their backs to lift a barbell with their upper body strength. In a competition, a lifter lies on his/her back on a bench, and then removes the barbell from the racks. Upon the cue from the referee, the lifter lowers the barbell to his/her chest and presses the bar upwards to arms' length where elbows are locked. This is called an “attempt.” After each athlete has completed three attempts, athletes are ranked according to the weight of the barbell they have lifted.


      It is said that Powerlifting originated in England after World War II as part of rehabilitation in hospitals where war veterans, who suffered amputation of their lower limbs or spinal damage, did bench presses so that they could return to society with a well-developed upper body.

      Powerlifting has been an official sport since the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games.


      Sports Event

      Up to 49.00kg
      Up to 54.00kg
      Up to 59.00kg
      Up to 65.00kg
      Up to 72.00kg
      Up to 80.00kg
      Up to 88.00kg
      Up to 97.00kg
      Up to 107.00kg
      Over 107.00kg
      Up to 41.00kg
      Up to 45.00kg
      Up to 50.00kg
      Up to 55.00kg
      Up to 61.00kg
      Up to 67.00kg
      Up to 73.00kg
      Up to 79.00kg
      Up to 86.00kg
      Over 86.00kg
      Eligible impairment
      • Limb deficiency (impairment of lower limb function)

(Updated on April 10, 2019)