Mohammed Khalaf, a UAE powerlifter, has won the UAE’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The huge achievement took place on Tuesday when he came in first place in the men’s 88kg powerlifting competition.
The Emirati lifted 220 kilograms and triumphed over Brazil’s Evanio da Silva (210kg) and Mongolia’s Sodnompiljee Enkhbayar (210kg) at the RioCentro Pavilion.
HH Sheikh Mohammed has tweeted his congratulations to the Emirati powerlifter and how he is an inspiration to us all
Powerlifter Mohammed Khalaf takes Gold at Rio! The pride of the UAE, his determination and spirit inspires us all pic.twitter.com/7rnbtcrWcZ
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 13, 2016