FOUR Pinoy powerlifters will compete in the 2015 World Junior and Sub-Junior Powerlifting Championships on August 31 to September 5 in Prague, Czech Republic.
“For the medal projection, [we are eyeing]to win at least one bronze medal for every Pinoy athlete, ” Powerlifting Association of the Philippines President Eddie Torres said during the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum on Tuesday.
Around 226 athletes from 52 countries will compete in the Sub-Junior (14-18 years old) and Junior (19-23 years old) categories.
Representing the country in the 59kg men’s junior is 2015 Asian Powerlifting Championships (APC) gold medalist Regie Ramirez. Ramirez has won three gold medals and one silver medal in the APC last month.
Last year in the World junior and sub-junior Powerlifting championships, he won three silver medals and one bronze medal.
Ramirez also holds the country’s best finish in the 2013 World Junior Powerlifting Championship where he won gold medal in the deadlift contest.
Competing in the women’s 43kg sub-junior category is Joan Masangkay.
The 16-year old Masangkay has won three gold medals and one silver medal in the 2015 APC held in Hong Kong last month. She now holds three Asian sub-junior records.
Meanwhile, Jasmine Martin will test her mettle in the 47kg women’s junior category. Martin bags four gold medals in last month’s APC.
Jeremy Reign Bautista will see action in the 47kg women’s sub junior category. Bautista has won two gold medals and two silver medals in APC last month. It is her first appearance in the World Championships with Masangkay.
Betina Bordeos will be the team’s head coach in Prague.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID