Hard to have an excuse after you see this incredible video.
Lei Liu, who contracted polio as a young child, benches 498 lbs. beating the old record by over 58 lbs.
Powerlifting for athletes with disability made its first appearance in 1964 at the second Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Only men with spinal injuries participated in this first event.
Soon thereafter, ‘Weightlifting’ changed to ‘Powerlifting’ and now the competition is open to all athletes with cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, amputees (lower limb amputees only) and les autres who meet minimal disability criteria.