Roy Mubiru

He has been unstoppable since winning the American Powerlifting Association (APA) Championships in 2019. In five subsequent major competitions, Mubiru has only failed to win once, at the APA nationals earlier this year. Two of those competitions were World Championships, which Mubiru won. The first, in Ukraine in 2019, is the one that first attracted the attention of Ugandans to Mubiru’s ability. Powerlifting is still a tiny sport in Uganda, which makes Mubiru’s story even more significant. He credits his successes to sponsor Cameroon Gitawo, who splashed the cash on a New York bash to celebrate the powerlifter’s first world title.