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Ali Jawad takes silver for ParalympicsGB

Ali Jawad manages a best lift of 190kg to earn a silver in powerlifting for ParalympicsGB at the Rio Games.

Ali Jawad has won a silver medal for ParalympicsGB in the powerlifting -59kg class at the Rio Games.

Ali Jawad celebrates winning powerlifting silver for ParalympicsGB at the Rio Paralympics on September 9, 2016© onEdition

The 27-year-old, who finished fourth in the event at London 2012, lifted a best of 190kg to claim the second spot on the podium.

Jawad was outperformed by Egypt's Sherif Osman, who set a new Paralympic record with a best lift of 203kg.

"I'm a bit shocked right now - it's taken four years and after what happened in London this feels like a gold medal and I think I've finally laid those ghosts to bed," Jawad told reporters afterwards.

"Sherif Osman is like the Usain Bolt of powerlifting so coming second to one of the greatest powerlifters ever isn't so bad!"

The bronze medal went to Yang Quanxi of China with a best lift of 176kg.

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