Asia-Oceania Para Powerlifting : Farman Basha wins silver medal

NEW DELHI: Veteran powerlifter Farman Basha clinched silver medal at the ongoing Asia-Oceania World Para Powerlifting Open Championships in Pyeongtaek, South Korea on Thursday. Basha, whose last medal came at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, cleared the bar in all three rounds starting with 130kg, 132kg and 135kg for a total of 397kg, enough to clinch the silver in men’s upto 54kg event.

He finished behind South Korea’s Keun Jin Choi, who clinched the gold with a total of 465kg while Kyrgyzstan’s Azizbek Zamirbek Uluu took the bronze with 362kg. This was Choi’s first major medal since the 2006 Asian Para Games. “It’s nice to win medal after a long time but I hope that our efforts are being recognised. My next target is the Asian Para Games following which I am planning retirement,” said Basha, who was recovering from an injury in the last two years.