Paralympian powerlifter Ali Jawad narrowly missed out on a medal position after two of his three lifts were disqualified.
Competing in the 56kg powerlifting event at the ExCeL on Saturday (1 September 2012), 23 year-old Jawad lifted 185kg and finished fourth in the competition.
Jawad, who was born with no legs and suffers from Crohn’s disease, came heartbreakingly close to a silver medal in his third and final lift, appearing to successfully raise 189kg not once but twice.
But both were ruled out by judges as ‘bad lifts’.
Thanking his hundreds of supporters who continued to chant his name throughout, Lebanon-born Jawad told reporters he was going to have a “big break” and see if he was “capable” of coming back in four years time.
Speaking exclusively to Nursing in Practice before the Paralympics began in June 2012, Jawad recounted his emotional journey to London 2012.
Struck down by the onset of Crohn’s disease on the eve of competing at the Beijing 2008 Games, Jawad had to fight through the dark days of depression to keep his symptoms under control just to keep competing.
“My Paralympics dream kept me going, I just had to make it to London,” he said.
“I have no doubt that going into the Games, I have no chance. I am just lucky to be there.”
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