Jul 05, 2013 Sports
Mars-Lonke win Pan Am gold & C/bean bronze; Stoby & Rahim also in gold medal form
Kimberley Mars-Lonke became Guyana’s second female powerlifter to capture a gold medal at the international level winning the 84kg category at the 7th Caribbean Powerlifting Championships currently taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Miami Florida on Wednesday.
Yesterday, Winston ‘Little Master’ Stoby and Vijay Rahim continued the gold medal tradition when they too out lifted their opponents in the Caribbean segment of the competition while Gumendra Shewdas lifted unbeaten in the Sub-Junior category.
Mars-Lonke, Guyana’s lone female competitor at these championships, went in as the number one seeded Caribbean athlete in her category and lived up to that billing by taking the top podium spot with United States Virgin Islands Truvia Plaskett settling for silver.
In the 14th IPF/NAPF/FESUPO Pan American segment of the championships, Mars-Lonke took the bronze medal having entered as the number two seeded lifter.
Her performance in the Pan Am competition saw the Guyanese athlete improving her best total of 360kg with a new mark of 410kg. She achieved a best squat of 160kg bench press 80kg squat 170kg.
Maria Hamm of the United States won the Pan American gold medal with a total of 497.5kg with C. Elizondo of Costa Rica’s taking the silver with a total of 412kg.
Reigning Overall Caribbean Champion Randolph Morgan and Anis Thomas will be in action today while John Edwards, Karel Mars and Colin Chesney will compete tomorrow.
In the Caribbean Open 66kg category, Vijai Rahim stormed to the gold medal totaling 627.5kg (squat 250kg bench press 127.5kg dead lift 250kg) beating T&T’s Brandon Mathura in the process.
Winston ‘little Master’ Stoby was a gold medal performer in the 74kg class defeating Carlos Melendez of Puerto Rico and fellow Guyanese Paul Adams in the order.
In the Pan American segment of the championship, Rahim competing again in the 66kg Junior’s category had to settle for the silver medal to Ecuador’s Alex Ochoa with another Guyanese, Fabian Ketwaroo taking the bronze medal.
In the 66kg Open division, Rahim took the bronze medal with Alex Ochoa again taking gold. Kostadin Bahchevanov of the USA and Mexico’s Oscar Mejia placed 4th and 5th.
In the 74kg Masters 11 category, Stoby took the silver medal; USA’s Jose Perez captured gold.
The ‘Little Master’ Stoby had to settle for 5th place in the 74kg Open competition which was won by Miguel Curipoma of Ecuador, Perez took the silver with Alvaro Mejia of Costa Rica settling for the bronze.
Based on reports out of Miami, Gumendra Shewdas lifted unbeaten in Sub Junior segment of 53kg class. Shewdas’ division it was stated is not awarding medals in his weight class but via Wilkes Points system and that result will be known tomorrow, Saturday.
Shewdas has posted a World leading total for the year in his category and is poised to become World champion should he be afforded the opportunity to compete next month in Killeen Texas.
He totaled 497.5kg (squat 192.5kg bench press 97.5kg dead lift 207.5kg)
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