Elite young lifters to throw weight in World Championship
Mark Escarlote on Aug 25, 2015 05:53 PM
We want to make sure na ang lahat ng ipadadala natin ay makakamedalya --- Powerlifting Association of the Philippines president Eddie Torres
The Powerlifting Association of the Philippines will send only the country’s best lifters in 2015 World Junior and Sub-Junior Powerlifting Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.
Tapped to represent the tri-color are Regie Ramirez, Jasmine Martin, Joan Masangkay, and Jeremy Reign Bautista – a lean but mean squad with big potential to bring home mints in the meet set to begin on August 31 to September 5.
“We want to make sure na ang lahat ng ipadadala natin ay makakamedalya. We want that our athletes are all deserving,” said powerlifting association president Eddie Torres in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate.
Each member of the four-man team are all coming off a victorious stint in last month’s Asian Powerlifting Championship in Hong Kong winning gold medals in their respective weight class.
“Our four athletes are very well conditioned because they competed in the Asian Powerlifting just one month ago. We’re very, very confident about this,” said PHI Chef de Mission Aspi Calagopi. “We have a very good team going there.”
A total of 223 athletes are seeing action in the two-category event divided into Sub-Junior (14-18-years-old) and Junior (19-23-years-old).
Ramirez (men’s 59 kg) and Martin (women’s 47 kg) will compete in the Juniors category while Bautista (women’s 47 kg) and Masangkay women’s 43 kg) are seeing action in the Sub-Juniors side.
It is Martin and Ramirez’s second stint in the World Championships having won four silvers and three bronze medals among themselves last year.
The team headed by head coach Betina Bordeos will be leaving for Prague on Friday.
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