Hany Abdelhady broke the world record twice but had to settle for silver ©Getty Images

A showdown between Paralympic champion Hany Abdelhady and Seyedhamed Solhipouravanji saw the world record broken three times at the Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai today.

Both competitors cleared their first two lifts in the men's up to 88 kilogram category at the event in the United Arab Emirates before turning on the style.

Egypt's Abdelhady lifted 231kg to break the previous world record held by China's Jixiong Ye by one kilogram.

Solhipouravanji, Iran's Asian Championships silver medallist, then bettered the mark again by adding a further kilogram before another successful lift.

Abdelhady returned to lift 233kg to set another new record, before Solhipouravanji failed in an attempt to lift 233.5kg.

Abdelhady only won the silver medal, despite his efforts, as his world record lift was with his fourth attempt and only lifts registered in the first three rounds count towards the medal standings.

It was Solhipouravanji who took the gold medal thanks to his world record effort, while home lifter Mohammed Khamis Khalaf won the bronze with 227kg.

There was another world record in the men's up to 97kg event as Egypt’s Paralympic champion Mohamed Eldib managed 243kg for gold.

Iran’s Saman Razi secured silver with 222kg, followed by Ukraine’s Anton Kriukov in third.

Kriukov broke the European record twice on his way to the podium, adding an impressive six kilograms onto his own mark with 221kg.

Mohamed Eldib was another Egyptian to break a world record
Mohamed Eldib was another Egyptian to break a world record ©Getty Images

In women's competition, Russia’s World Championships bronze medallist Vera Muratova took the gold medal with 126kg in the up 79kg class, breaking her own European record.

Egypt’s Geehan Hassan claimed the silver medal with 120kg, followed by Ukraine’s Liyubov Semenyuk who raised 102kg.

There was more success for Egypt when world champion Randa Mahmoud recovered from an opening no lift to win the women's up to 86kg with an effort of 140kg.

Jordan’s Tharwh Tayseer Hamdan Alhajaj lifted 119kg for silver, a feat matched by Russia's Olga Kazankevich who took third because of her heavier bodyweight.

In the women's up to 73kg, world silver medallist Amany Ali of Egypt took gold with a 115kg effort.

Arawan Bootpo of Thailand did enough for silver with 110kg, while Ukraine’s 18-year-old Alina Kumeyko grabbed bronze with a new junior world record of 98kg.

Competition is due to conclude in Dubai with the men’s up to 107kg and over 107kg; and women’s over 86kg tomorrow.