The Philippine powerlifting team bagged 23 gold medals in the Asian Powerlifting Championship held in Udaipur, India.
Veteran campaigner Leticia Mancao led the country’s campaign by copping four gold medals in the women’s 47-kilogram open division.
She dominated the squat (142.5 kgs.), bench press (62.5 kgs.) and dead lift (142.5 kgs.) for a total of 347.5 kgs, beating Inga Taganova of Turkmenistan, Hansani Gomez of Sri Lanka and Sybil Sohail of Pakistan.
Rowella Abrea (girls’ 47-kg. sub junior squat, bench press, dead lift and total) and Kathleen Chiang (girls’ 63-kg. junior squat, bench press, dead lift and total) also earned some spotlight by winning four gold medals in their respective categories in the tournament participated by 16 countries.
Also winning four gold medals each were Spencer Co (boys’ 93-kg. junior division squat, bench press, dead lift and total) and Nicole Go (girls’ 84-kg. junior division squat, bench press, dead lift and total).
Former Asian junior champion Regie Ra mirez, the youngest participant in the men’s 59-kg. category at 23, chipped in one gold in dead lift (252 kgs.) then settled for silver in the squat (230 kgs.) and total (627 kgs.) events, and bronze in the bench press (145 kgs.).
Fellow veteran Bettina Bordeos contributed one gold and three silver medals in the women’s 72-kg. class after ruling the dead lift with 190-kg showing and placing second in the squat (165 kgs.), bench press (112 kgs.) and total (457 kgs.).
The other medalists were Margarette A ngulo with one gold and three silvers in the girls’ 84-kg. junior and Anita Koykka, who was hit by a flu during the competition but still able to produce one silver (bench press), and two bronzes (dead lift and total).
Besides the Philippines and host India, the other participating countries were Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Turkmenista, Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates.