Rahim cops silver at IPF/NAPF South American Powerlifting C/ships
- sets new SA Squat record; new Nat. & Commonwealth Deadlift marks also attained
One of Guyana’s junior powerlifting sensations Vijay Rahim has lived up to his reputation as being world class when he lifted his way to a new South American Squat Record at the 2012 South American Men’s and Women’s Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships being held in Cali, Colombia.
Rahim, who overcame many challenges including not having the requisite time off to train with pay from his employer GUYSUCO, put aside all the odds to do himself and country proud thereby maintaining the rich tradition powerlifters have achieved over the past five years on the Caribbean, regional and international scenes.
Lifting in the 59KG Junior category, Rahim gave up the Gold medal his fierce rival L. Nieto of Equador who had a total 552.5kg to the Guyanese’ Silver medal effort of 547.5kg (total). Rahim’s previous beat at the Caribbean Championships was 507.5kg.
The young Guyanese who hails from the Ancient County of Berbice and is employed at GUYSUCO as a Cane Harvester, set a new South American Squat record of 215kgs; Nieto set a new Deadlift record of 235kgs.
According to reports out of Columbia, the battle between Rahim and Nieto turned out to be the closest and most entertaining battle of the day, yesterday. The two athletes had the spectators and judges alike on their toes.
Rahim started the ball rolling by out squatting and setting the new South American mark of 215kgs, Nieto only managing 207.5kgs. Going into the Bench press with a slender lead of 7.5kgs before Nieto with a bench of 110kgs to Rahim 105kgs reduced the lead to 2.5kgs.
In the Deadlift Nieto took the lead which he never relinquished with a huge lift and New South American record of 235kg from Rahim who could only muster a personal best National as well as new Commonwealth record of 227.5kgs. The margin of defeat was a mere 5kgs.
Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation President Peter Green who is also in Columbia stated that there is no doubt Rahim has improved tremendously and they are proud of his avchievemnt. Green also informed that both South Americans (Rahim & Nieto) made big leaps up the International World rankings at # 6 for Nieto and #7 for Rahim in the Junior Category pending the outcome of drug testing results for Rahim who was chosen by the WADA Panel in preference to first place winner Nieto.
Meanwhile, John Edwards will swing into action tomorrow at 15:00hrs Guyana time.