Far away Tashkent in Uzbekistan was the venue for the second combined Asia and Oceania Championships and the exotic location brought out the best in Australia’s team of near 30 lifters.

Top performer in the Men’s was J.P. Cauchi with 615kg at 66kg holding off favoured Kuramshin of Kazakhstan. The Kazakh mysteriously lowered his last Deadlift twice and J.P. came through with a World Junior Record 277.5kg to snatch victory by a slender 1kg. Down in the age groups promising Ben Senden produced World SubJunior Records in the 83kg class; at the other end of the spectrum Masters II 93kg lifter Eric Dumas also produced World Records. Improvements came from Alvin Lim with 625kg at 74kg. & Douglas Gough 647.5kg at 83kg and overall the Australian Men’s Team came in second behind powerful Kazakhstan.

In the Women’s Yani Zhao was way out in front in the 84kg class & cemented her World Junior Champion status with a World Junior Record of 195kg in the Squat and an Australian Open Total Record of 472.5kg. Another improver was Charlene Lee, up from 362.5kg to 391kg in the 72kg class while Giuliana Nannetti was actually the Best Lifter pound-for-pound, with 363kg at 57kg. Another very promising Sub-Junior emerged, with Beth Parker setting World Records for her age at 84kg.

But the star of the show was honorary Australian Ray Williams. Ray went 426kg, 230kg, 352.5kg, for an all-time World Record Total of 1008.5kg. More was there and 1020kg+ is coming from Ray next year.

The combined Asia/Oceania format is now set in stone. Bids for the coming years are in from Taiwan, Singapore, Samoa and New Zealand and any and all of those locations will see 500+ Lifters chasing medals.


Photos Courtesy of Mick Parker