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Winston Stoby & Mark Perry set new records
By Franklin Wilson
Guyana’s Master M2 World Champion in the deadlift Winston Stoby proved on Sunday at the Saint Stanislaus College Auditorium that with age he’s just getting better.
Stoby who a few months ago set a new world mark in the deadlift of 265.5kg bettered that mark on his first attempt at the Fitness Express / Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation Intermediate and Claude Charles Memorial Championships. The mellow Stoby upped the ante with a new mark of 267.5kg on his first attempt. He was not successful in his attempt to take it further to 280.0kg. Stoby achieved a squat of 257.5kg; bench pressed 140kg and totaled 665kg.
Linden’s Mark ‘Uno’ Perry, who took the body building stage by storm, made a triumphant return to the sport by setting records in each lift and the bench press competing in the 105kg Master M1 class. This new weight class came into effect in 2011 and Perry has now set the stage for his fellow Guyanese to better.
The chiseled Perry set new marks of 260kg in the squat; 190kg bench press; 320kg dead lift for a total of 770kg.
The youngest athlete on the day, 17 year-old Sohail Hussain (53 kg class) was the lone competitor in the junior category and achieved a best Squat of 137.5kg; bench press 85kg; deadlift 145kg for a total 367.5kg.
The other lone competitor was Rudolph Blackman who competed in the 83kg Open class. Zaheed Kayum defeated Javid Kayum in the 66kg competition Nandaram Bhagwandin was the clear winner over Chris Edwards in the 93kg division.
Thyron Eusebio ended up being the lone athlete in the 74kg division after Erwin Smith, the other competitor was evicted from the competition after failing to make any of his attempts in the squat failing all three at 175kg.
Suffering similar fates were ‘Big’ John Edwards (120kg) and Heathcliff Peters (93kg).
Edwards, after squatting 342.5kg never looked himself during the benchpress, he injured his left arm on the first attempt at 192.5 in the benchpress. Despite his courage and perseverance his second and third attempts also failed and he had to take his leave from the rest of the competition.
Peters endured rough day and was bordering on being thrown out of the competition from the squat. His first attempt at 172.5kg was successful. He then failed the second (185kg) and third
Bench pressing 125kg and 137.5kg were fine but he did not succeed at the final attempt of 150kg. At the deadlift he muffed all three attempts one at 180kg and two at 202.5kg.
GAPF President Peter Green thanked all the athletes for their participation and commended sponsor Jamie Mc Donald, Manager/Owner of Fitness Express for his unflinching support and partnership with the federation as they continue to develop the sport in Guyana.
Mc Donald pledged his company’s continued commitment to the sport of powerlifting noting that the junior, senior and master athletes having been doing Guyana proud on the Caribbean, Regional and International scenes.
The next competition on the calendar of the GAPF is their marquee event which is the Senior Championships set for December 1st and 2nd. This will be the first time the federation will be having a two-day meet which will also feature a Team Championships.
According to GAPF boss Peter Green, the December meet will be the prototype for future senior competitions. December’s competition will also serve as the qualifying platform for the 2013 Caribbean Championships set for the United States Virgin Islands in March as well as the Pan American Championships set for August in the United States of America.
Following is the list of athletes who competed and their achievements: