Mariana Shevchuk has been chosen as ‘Best Powerlifter of 2018’ by public vote in a close contest ahead of Jhon Castaneda, Siamand Rahman and Sherif Osman.
The 22-year-old Ukrainian broke the women's up to 55kg world record to win gold at the Berck-sur-Mer 2018 European Open Championships.
The vote was carried out on World Para Powerlifting’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/parapowerlifting/, Twitter https://twitter.com/Powerlifting and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/parapowerlifting , with Shevchuk collecting the most combined votes across all social media pages.
Castaneda received massive support from his Colombian fans to end in second place. The 38-year-old won the men’s over 107kg continental title with an Americas record lift of 212kg on home soil in Bogota.
Iran’s Siamand Rahman ended third overall. The world’s strongest Paralympian comfortably won the men's over 107kg with a 285kg lift at the 2018 Asia-Oceania Championships.
Egypt’s Sherif Osman, who successfully defended the continental title in Algeria with a 206kg lift in the men's up to 59kg, finished fourth.