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Ali Jawad is a British powerlifter who competes in the -59kg class.
Originally born in Lebanon, Ali’s talent for powerlifting was discovered when he was 16 years old.
On the eve of his Paralympic debut in Beijing, Ali fell ill and finished ninth. He was later diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
After finishing fourth and narrowly missing out on a medal at the London 2012 Paralympics Ali worked hard and won his first gold medal and set a world record at the Asian Open Championships in Kuala Lumpur. He followed this up with another gold medal and world record at the 2014 IPC World Championships in Dubai, lifting 190kg.
Competing in his third Games at Rio 2016, Ali won his first Paralympic medal after securing silver in the men’s -59kg category, lifting a best of 190kg to finish second.