Ukraine controlled proceedings in the women's powerlifting for the most part ©IBSA

Ukraine won six of the women’s bench press and powerlifting events at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games in Seoul.

Group 1, the 48 to 52 kilogram category, saw Olga Chaikovska win gold medals in the bench press and powerlifting, setting a world record lift of 285.5kg in the latter, while compatriot Olena Mazurova earned bronze and silver in bench press and powerlifting respectively.

Another Ukrainian, Halyna Halinska,  also set a world record lift of 320kg on her way to winning gold in group 2, 56 to 60kg, as Vasylysa Kozyreva claimed the bench press title and silver in powerlifting.

Uliana Tsizdyn added two more gold medals to Ukraine’s tally, claiming victory in group 3, 67.5kg to 75kg.

Russia’s Irina Demasova, who smashed the world record with a lift of 90kg in bench press, delivered two gold medals for her country in group 4, 90kg.

The men’s powerlifting competition is due to take place from tomorrow to Wednesday (May 13).

Germany's Swetlana Otto (top) has four goals to her name in the women's goalball competition
Germany's Swetlana Otto (top) has four goals to her name in the women's goalball competition ©Getty Images

Meanwhile in the women’s goalball tournament, Israel’s Elham Mahamid scored five goals to inspire her country to a 10-2 win against Spain in their opening Pool A encounter.

The 25-year-old, a regular fixture of the Israeli team for a number of years, is closely followed in the goalscoring standings by compatriot Lihi Yehudith Ben David, who has four along with Japan’s Akiko Adachi and Germany’s Swetlana Otto.

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