Amalia Pérez reigns supreme with gold for Mexico in women's -61kg powerlifting

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 22: Amalia Perez of Team Mexico acknowledges the audience during a Athlete Press Conference ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Big Sight on August 22, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 22: Amalia Perez of Team Mexico acknowledges the audience during a Athlete Press Conference ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Big Sight on August 22, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee)

The Mexican powerlifting legend won her fourth gold medal at the Paralympic Games 

Before flying to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in 2021, Amalia Perez announced to the press that she was coming into these Games with one goal: to give her all.

And giving her all each and every time she's on that Paralympic stage is what makes Amalia Pérez the legend that she is.

Since her debut in Sydney 2000 with a silver medal and a repeat performance at Athens 2004, Amalia Perez's destiny was not to be second best, but to be the world's best.

And in Bejing 2008, that dream finally happened. She set a new Paralympic record with a lift of 128 kg which secured her the first gold medal.

After competing in three Paralympic Games, Perez came into London 2012, her fourth Paralympic Games, as a veteran armed with knowledge and experience. And it showed in her form: the Mexican didn't only land a Paralympic gold but set a new record in the 60kg category.

Four years after at Rio 2016, Pérez arrived had the confidence of knowing that she was the one to beat.

Those Games served to consolidate the power that, since the age of 18, she has been building for herself both physically and mentally.

At Tokyo 2020, five years after Rio, and after 21 Paralympic competitions, the 48-year-old Mexican athlete stood on the podium for the sixth time and won her fourth gold medal.

This time she did it after lifting 131 kg of weight including the hopes of an entire country.

Perez carried the hopes of all of Mexico to give them their fourth Paralympic gold medal, bringing the country closer to their goal of winning 100 gold medals at the Paralympic Games.

For the Mexican athlete, this was her sixth medal in Paralympic weightlifting, but more importantly, she has shown that time and time again, for more than 20 years, that she will always give her all for herself and her country.

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