Fazim Abdool, representing the Hardcore Gym, Berbice, snatched 115kgs then returned with a clean and jerk lift of 142.5kgs to be adjudged best senior lifter when the Guyana Amateur Weightlifting Association (GAWA) held its National Seniors Weightlifting Championship at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue, Sunday last.
In a highly competitive match Abdool, competing in the 94kgs class barely eked out a victory over Sean Cozier, who emulated Abdool’s performance in the snatch but faltered in the clean and jerk category by a mere 2.5kgs.
Lifters from the Hardcore Gym enjoyed a satisfactory tournament through the efforts of Bhojnarine Persaud and Bhojkumar Jainarine, competing in the 69kg and 77kg class respectively.
Persaud snatched 82.5kgs and clean and jerked 117.5kgs to win in his category over Marvis Williams, 85kgs (snatch) and 110kgs (clean and jerk) while Jainarine snatched 80kgs and clean and jerked 105kgs to triumph over Roberto Tiwari of Barims, 65kgs (snatch) and 95kgs (clean and jerk).
Other outstanding performances were registered by Barims Gym representative Derrick Hyman, participating in the senior boys over 50kgs class.
He snatched 50kgs and clean and jerked 67.5kgs to emerge champion in his class over gym mate Kelvin Moore who snatched 42.5kgs and clean and jerked 60kgs.
In the other categories Teon Wilson, participating in the over 50kgs class in the U12 category triumphed with a snatch of 35kgs and a clean and jerk of 37.5kgs.
Other results read: Kelvin Josiah (Barims gym) clean and jerked 55kgs and snatched 42.5kgs to win from Derron Wright, 30kgs(snatch) and 50kgs (clean and jerk) and Kelvin Moore who placed third with a snatch of 42.5kgs sand a clean and jerk of 60kgs. In the 105kg class Leon Johnson (Barims) emerged victorious with a snatch of 115kgs and a clean and jerk of 140kgs.
Shane Bancroft (Barims) appeared as a guest lifter and snatched 52.5kgs. He also clean and jerked 65kgs.
Meanwhile, the GAWA was the beneficiary of a quantity of lifting gears from several overseas based Guyanese.
The tournament was also graced with the presence of past General Secretary of the GAWA, Aubrey Smith, now residing in the USA and former national lifter, Joey France. The donated gears were immediately presented to several young and promising lifters.
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