The Brazilian will get a chance for revenge against the Rio 2016 champion at this year’s Worlds
The men’s up to 88kg event will feature UAE’s Mohammed Khalaf (L) and Brazil’s Evanio Da Silva.
Twelve years after becoming the United Arab Emirate’s first Paralympic champion ever, Mohammed Khalaf returned to the top of the podium in the men’s up to 88kg at Rio 2016 thanks to a 220kg lift.
It was also a memorable event for Evanio Da Silva, who won Brazil’s first powerlifting Paralympic medal on home soil by taking silver with a 210kg lift. The 33-year-old is hoping to make history again, now reaching the podium at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships.
This will be the third time Khalaf and Da Silva will compete against each other at a major competition, as they both previously also participated in the Dubai 2014 Worlds, with the former ending fifth and the Brazilian finishing sixth.
Head to Head
Khalaf: Nationality: United Arab Emirates. Age: 48
Da Silva: Nationality: Brazil. Age: 33
Khalaf: Games: 5 (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
Medals: 3 (2 golds, 1 silver)
Da Silva: Games: 1 (2016)
Medals: 1 (1 silver)
Khalaf: Championships: 4 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2014)
Medals: 2 (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Da Silva: Championships: 1 (2014)
DID YOU KNOW?
Khalaf: In 2004, he became United Arab Emirates’ first Paralympic champion ever
Da Silva: Named Powerlifter of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee in 2013 and 2016
More information can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.