ASIA PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS UNFOLD IN HONG KONG

All was peaceful at the Ibis Sheung Wan for the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships, with 130 lifters taking the stage in Powerlifting and Bench Press. The new Hong Kong Powerlifting Federation, already the dominant force in the SAR, presented the Regions best over three days of action in front of a full house.

In the Women’s lifting New Zealand’s Catherine Shon was out in front with 386kg total at 58kg to take Best Lifter. That was just two points ahead of Australia’s Megan Reed, filling out back into the 72kg class with 435kg, at 68kg. bodyweight. Hot favourite Yani Zhao never recovered from hips off misses in the Bench to come in third overall. In the Equipped division Tash Williams (NZL) was the standout with a big 562kg/501 points Total.

The Men’s classes had depth. Joash Teabuge of Nauru took out Best Lifter with 785kg at 105kg, being spared the expected challenge when Jack Adams inexplicably bombed on 185kg Bench. Matt Bartholomew of Australia was also trailing Joash, with 729kg at 94kg but was well in front in that class. Closer battles came down lower in the bodyweights. At 85kg Victor Liu held off Richard Kwan on the last Deadlift, whilst history repeated itself in the 69kg, Wesley Foo (Australia)’s 239kg putting paid to an inexplicable 261kg miss by Dennis Chu (HKG) when the Totals were added up. At 77kg matters were less fraught, Dyke Daoe of Nauru being 28kg clear of Tyler Man, but Tyler struck back by taking Best Bench Presser with 157kg at 77kg.

Team awards were duly split between Australia in the Womens and Hong Kong in the Mens.

 

PACIFIC INVITATIONAL, FITNESS SHOW MELBOURNE

Once again, big crowds at FIBO for Powerlifting’s stars, this time in Melbourne, Australia. Two feature sessions saw age-group World Records fall at both ends of the spectrum. 57 years has not aged Femmy Ayegun, with great records in the Womens 53kg 55-59 years class, being 113/73/162/348. More of the same came from Masters Jane Marshall and John Dellow. In the Juniors ultra promising Jackson Myles of Australia snuck in an unheralded 105kg Total record of 778kg.

In the Opens there nearly was a WR, Sane Faato from Samoa via Australia made 258kg on an opener on the 120+kg Bench Press but twice could not get set on 273kg record attempts. Completing the job though were Nauru stars Taggart Duburiya and Angin Gadabu, clearly taking out the 85kg and 94kg classes with identical 705kg Totals. Up in the Superheavyweights Mr Reliable, Joe Whittaker produced his third 9827kg Total in a row to take Best Lifter, while another quality performance 529kg at 100kg grabbed the Women’s Best Lifter title for Nolene Kingi.

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WORLD POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, CALGARY, CANADA

World Powerlifting’s 2019 World Championships weathered the storm of visa rejections blocking out nearly half the field to come through with a quality meet in the upscale venue of Calgary’s Winsport Olympic Centre. Australia took out the team title over home nation Canada and provided the two Best Lifters, Elizabeth Craven and Tony Reinmuth.

In the Women’s classes Liz struggled through three hard Squats, came to life with a Master’s Record Bench of 87kg and then rolled the dice with a jump from 170 to 187kg Deadlift to try and sneak a WR Total. A snake eyes result still left Liz with 411kg and the Best Women’s Lifter Trophy.

On to the 58s and Canadian Junior Marthe Henry edged Australian Janelle Schulz in the first of likely many more title wins. At 64kg Tara Gripton of Australia had only to cruise to 433kg to handle the field.

Not that far behind Liz on points, up at 72kg, was the fast improving Karlina Tongotea of New Zealand, who surprised favourite Barbra Auva’a, 488kg to 484kg. The NZ women were a force across all the heavier classes, with Jewel Tasi and Riria Ropata taking out the 84s and 100+kgs respectively.

On to the Men’s classes and Lenard James (USA) made short work of Australians Ross Rickards and Joshua Luu at 69kg. Down the list but putting in a special performance in that class was 89 year old Joe Stockinger with 175kg Deadlift and 360kg Total finally getting him in the World Record books seven decades after starting out.

Then followed three decisive wins, Christophe Ang at 77kg, Victor Akpawan at 85kg and Zac Reimer at 94kg. Victor,especially, is a comer for 2020 and beyond and will fill out to 94kg and much bigger Totals. At 105kg Morgan Domney was flat and looked vulnerable at Deadlift time, but the two Canadian contenders pulled up 2 & 3kg short and Morgan bestrode the victory dais.

Finally, Australian Superheavyweight Tony Reinmuth stole the show with 967kg and 527 points at a trim 166kg bodyweight. 400kg Squat was a sensation and backed up with 242kg Bench and 325kg Deadlift for a PB by 30kg and a clear Best Lifter award.

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