The clanging of iron interspersed with groans, grunts and eventually triumphant shouts rented the air when the cream of the nation’s power lifters vied for top honours in the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) Senior National Powerlifting Championships at the St Stanislaus Secondary School, Brickdam, yesterday afternoon.
The meet was highly competitive and when the ‘smoke’ was cleared, Vijai Rahim of the Hardcore Barbell Club, competing in the 66kg class, came out on top of the heap after squatting 262.5kgs. He also bench pressed 160kgs and dead lifted 277.5kgs. Rahim was adjudged best lifter in the 2013 edition of the competition. The dead lift feat was touted as a record breaker but up to press time Kaieteur Sport could not verify the authenticity of this claim.
Winston Stoby, the 2013 champion in the 74kgs class, finished second overall after squatting 260kgs; he bench pressed 142.5kgs and dead lifted 282.5kgs. Rudolph Blackmon competed in the 83kg division and had returns of 260kgs in the squats and 250kgs and 246kgs in the bench press and dead lift category respectively; he finished 3rd overall.
2013 Woman Intermediate champion, Chloe Hunter, replicated that feat and squatted 125kgs, bench pressed 65kgs and dead lifted 135kgs to finish first overall in the female category while relegating Natoya Robinson and Andrea Smith to second and third places respectively.
Other participants were Hardat Tarson, Osmond Mack, Anis Ade-Thomas, Farouk Abdool, Paul Adams, Marino Jeffrey, Karel Mars, Kevin Briglall, Nigel Phillips, Erwyn Smith, Ahmad Rozan, Navendra Tamesar, Rondell Clementson, Martin Webster, Jagdeo Budhram and Frank Tucker.
Participating gyms were Elite Systems, Buddys, BodyMaxx, Life Gym, Hardcore Barbell and Kingsrow while other participants were Hardat Tarson (83kg), Osmond Mack (74kg), Anis Ade-Thomas (83kg), Farouk Abdool (120kg), Paul Adams (74kg), Marino Jeffrey (93kg), Karel Mars (105kg), Kevin Briglall (59kg), Nigel Phillips (93kg) and Erwyn Smith (83kg).
The males competed in several categories, defined by the poundage, between 59 to over 120 kilograms including 66, 74, 83, 92, 105 and 120 kilograms while the three females, Smith, Robinson and Hunter competed in the 57kgs and the 84 plus class.
The tournament was sponsored by Fitness express and Trophy Stall of the Stabroek Market, while several students of the University of Guyana volunteered their services towards the smooth flow of the tournament.
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