Despite being under severe pressure due to three athletes bombing out, the management of the Guyana powerlifting team employed sound strategic tactics which led to Guyana re-capturing the Team Title when the curtains came down on the 6th Annual International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) / North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) / Caribbean Championships, at the University of the Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on March 31.
The Guyanese competing at full strength for the first time overseas, thanks to the US Embassy which facilitated same by granting visas to all the athletes, the strongmen and women form the Land of Many Waters proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are the best at this level.
Taking Guyana to the title after the foundation was set on a phenomenal opening day by Commonwealth and World record holder Winston ‘Aged Master’ Stoby, Randolph ‘The Accomplisher’ Morgan, Dawn ‘The Cool Destroyer’ McCammon-Barker, Vijai Rahim, Anis Ade-Thomas, Gumendra Shewdas and Kimberly Mars, along with a focused Karel Mars despite having to settle for silver to T&T’s Adrian Brown whom he defeated last year.
Mars’ performance, having followed team strategy to the letter, pushed Guyana to a total of 54 points which saw them defeating neighbours Trinidad and Tobago who mustered 51 points; Puerto Rico finished third on 49 with the host (USVI) team next on 44 points.
In the Women championship, Puerto Rico took top honours with 45 points, T&T 24, Guyana 21 and the USVI 8.
Yet again, Morgan proved that he is the boss by taking the Best Lifter title in the Open category, emulating their countryman were Dawn Barker who won the Open Women division, while Anis Ade-Thomas took the Junior Best Lifter award.
A. Gonzalez of Puerto Rico claimed the Masters category for males, while J. Tapia was the best among the Women Juniors and R. Lee of T&T was best Master among the Women.
The Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) said that they will be hosting a full media brief later this week; the team is expected to arrive home today.
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