Filipino lifters pocket 13 more golds in Asian Championships


The Philippines earned 13 more gold medals on the final day of the 2014 Asian Powerlifting Championships held at the Great Eastern Hotel Ballroom in Quezon City.

Raymond Debuque and Edmund Cardano delivered four gold medals each in the tournament, which drew participants from Japan, Mongolia, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Taiwan and Uzbekistan.

Debuque bagged golds in the squat, bench press, deadlift and total events of the men’s junior 120-kilogram while Cardano topped the squat, bench press, deadlift and total of the men’s masters 120-kg.

Brandon Cueto won three golds in squat, bench press and total (men’s junior 120-kg.) while Patrick Rivera pocketed golds in squat and total (men’s open 105-kg.).

“I’m very satisfied with the performance of the Philippine team, highlighted by the world record deadlift of Anita Koykka. Our young lifters have also shown great progress in winning several gold medals. The future of Philippine powerlifting looks good,” said Powerlifting Association of the Philippines Secretary General and Tournament Director Eddie Torres.

World record holder Anita Koykka led the onslaught of the Philippines by winning four golds including a new world record in the women’s open 57-kilogram category.

Overall, the Philippines has 79 gold medals.

The other gold medalists were Regie Ramirez (boys’ 59-kg.), Joan Masangkay (women’s sub-junior 47-kg.), Darryl Ann Ancuelo (women’s sub-junior 43-kg.), Margarette Angulo (women’s sub-junior 72-kg.), Jena Mae Neri (women’s junior 43-kg.), Mia del Mundo (women’s junior 72-kg.), Victorina Calma (women’s masters I 52-kg.), Leticia Mangcao (women’s open 47-kg.), Raya Maala (women’s open 84-kg.), Romel Gacutara (men’s sub-junior 53-kg.), John Empig (men’s sub-junior 74-kg.), Marlon Herrera (men’s masters I 74-kg.), Cyrus Cardano (men’s sub-junior 93-kg.), Patrick John Rivera (men’s open 93-kg.), Carlos Tan (men’s junior 74-kg.), Jasmine Martin (women’s junior 52-kg.), Leslie Evangelista (women’s open 52-kg.), Linus Tiu (men’s open 93-kg.) and Isiah De Villa (men’s junior 74-kg.).


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