Fifty local lifters in the China Open set the stage for the two sessions of elite international powerlifting in the Asia Pacific Open. There was a full house audience all the way through as 23 of the region’s best lifters competed in the intense atmosphere of 50,000 attendees amongst hundreds of loud all equipped stalls at Asia’s premier fitness show.
As ever Jezza Uepa of Nauru was the standout. A 460kg squat in training the week before wasn’t matched on the platform as he narrowly missed a WR attempt 461kg, but Jezza walked away with a best lifter total of 1017.5kg in the 120+kg class. China’s best Weibin He was not that far behind with a 817.5kg total in the 105kg class while local Dianxiong Lin set the only open World Record of the meet with a 260kg squat in the 77kg class.
Age group World Records did come to Yurika Kepae with a 221.5kg Junior World Record squat in the 100+kg class and Irving Harris with a 226kg Masters 3 World Record squat in the 85kg class. Not far off records and best female lifter was Li Ding of China with a solid total 345kg in the 53kg class.
This was the first international Powerlifting event in China and there will be much more to follow in 2019. Stay tuned.
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Fitness Show Sydney

Over 100 lifters took part in the fitness industry’s big event of the year, Fitness Show Sydney at the premier international Convention Centre. In those salubrious surrounds mainland China made its debut on the World Powerlifting stage whilst powerhouse Nauru continued to produce record-setters and Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong also produced top performances.

Amongst the Women, Hong Kong’s best lifter Daniella Means came through with 402.5kg at 63kg to barely pip Giuliana Nannetti’s 380kg at 57kg and Kelli Clarke’s 435kg at 72kg for the overall title. Future champion, 17-year-old Brea de Jonge, up at the other end of the weight scale at 84kg+ set SubJunior records with her eary 462.5kg.

As usual, the standout in the men’s lifting was the Nauruan Goliath, Jezza Uepa. Jezza just missed a record 460.5kg Squat and was likewise on a record 270.5kg Bench but still came through with a quality 1030kg Total. Trailing not far behind was Australia’s Tony Reinmuth, with a PB 905kg Total.

Each of the other classes had quality winners. Weibin He at 105kg was way out in front in that class with 810kg likewise Jiawen Luo at 93kg and Telupe Iosefa of Tuvalu at 120kg. Moore Australian Records came in the 74kg class via Alvin Li with 672.5 kg and the 66kg class with a shrunken down Karl di Falco totalling 619.5kg. Last but not least was Sane Faatoe, Bench Press only and an enormous 236kg at 112kg bodyweight.

From here Australia and Asia Pacific’s top lifters go on to a slew of national and international events. The Australian Championships are on at the Fitness Show Melbourne, the Oceania Championships in Nauru and new international Championships for late 2018 will soon be unveiled.

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World Para Powerlifting Championships

An Australian Team of 6 lifters and two officials travelled far afield to Mexico City for the 2017 Para Powerlifting World Championships.
The standard was sky high. Our top performer was Ben Wright, with 176kg placed him 11th in the tough 88kg class. Cris Ashcroft was also solid with 12th via 85kg and new find Kelly Cartwright was 15th in her class with 56kg.
This event was a building block for the next big event for Australia, the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next April. High Performance Manager Simon Bergner & Team Leader Bill Nancarrow will be taking the Australian Team of 6 elite performers onward to podium performances.

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