Team Philippines out to win international powerlifting gold

Team Philippines out to win international powerlifting gold
A nine-man squad set off the Filipinosí campaign overseas as it sees action in the Asian Powerlifting Championships in Udaipur, India from June 6-12. A week later, a compact four-woman team led by petite Joan Masangkay travels to Texas, USA for the World Classic Powerlifting Championships to be held from June 19-26.

The Philippine powerlifting team hopes to do good as it competes in two major international meets two months from now.

A nine-man squad set off the Filipinos’ campaign overseas as it sees action in the Asian Powerlifting Championships in Udaipur, India from June 6-12. A week later, a compact four-woman team led by petite Joan Masangkay travels to Texas, USA for the World Classic Powerlifting Championships to be held from June 19-26.

Both tournaments attract a large number of countries and participants, which poses a big challenge to the country’s medal bid.

“We’ll do our best effort,” said coach Eddie Torres, who’s also president of the Powerlifting Association of the Philippines.

Five of the athletes joined Torres in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate, namely Margarette Angulo, Nicole Go, Spencer Co, Betina Bordeos, and Masangkay.

With Masangkay (sub-junior 43 kg) in the world meet are fellow ladies Veronica Ompod (sub-junior 43 kg), Jeremy Reign Bautista (sub-junior 52 kg), and Leslie Evangelista (open 47-kg).

Torres said he’s proud more women are now into powerlifting unlike before.

“Dati 80 percent, 90 lalaki, kasi sila yung mas may better medal potential. Ngayon yung mga babae nalampasan na yung mga lalaki. Mas marami na yung babaeng nagka-qualify. So mas inclusive na, lahat nabibigyan ng tsansa,” said the association president in the forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Shakey’s, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

“Basta malakas ka, it doesn’t matter kung ano yung age mo, yung gender, mo basta ikaw yung malakas sa age group mo, sa weight class mo considered ko.”

Co (junior 93 kg) and Regie Ramirez (open 59 kg) are two men who made up part of the roster for the Asia meet. With them are Rowella Abrea (sub-junior 52 kg), Kathleen Chiang (junior 63 kg), Angulo (junior 72 kg), Go (junior 84 kg), Letecia Mangcao (open 47 kg), Anita Koykka (open 57 kg), and the lovely Bordeos (open 72 kg).

Torres will coach the team along with Ramon Debuque.

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