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