The national junior powerlifting team claimed one gold, one silver and one bronze in the 2013 World Juniors and Sub-Juniors Powerlifting Championships in Killeen, Texas.
Asian champion Regie Ramirez delivered the lone gold medal of the country as he topped the boys’ -53-kilogram deadlift event. He lifted 225 kgs. in beating silver medalist Krut Kirill of Russia (215 kgs.) and bronze medalist Angel Chavez of Ecuador (205 kgs.)
Ramirez also secured a bronze-medal finish in Total after tallying 532.5 kgs. adding his 187.5 kgs. (fifth place) in squat and 120 kgs. in bench press (fourth place).
Betina Bordeos clinched the silver in the girls’ -57 category. She wound up second in the deadlift event by lifting 175 kgs., just five kilograms behind gold winner Victoria Karylsheva of Russia (180 kgs.)
Bordeos scored 145 kgs. in squat (seventh place) and 95 kgs. (fifth place) in bench press for a total of 415 kgs. (seventh place).
“It took great effort and discipline to earn a medal in a world-class event and we’re grateful having these medals,” said Powerlifting Association of the Philippines board member Nina Oca.
The team also won seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the 2013 Asian Powerlifting Championships held in Ahwaz, Iran, last May.
EMIL C. NOGUERA