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FITNESS SHOW SYDNEY SHOWCASES THE WORLDS BEST
The International Convention Centre in Sydney was the scene for Australia’s biggest Fitness Show and for Australia’s biggest and best Powerlifting event ever. Twenty World Records fell, along with countless Australian, Oceania, Asian and even USA records as stars like Dave Ricks, Daiki Kodama and Jeza Uepa took the stage in front of a packed house in every session.
The star of the entire show was Dave Ricks (USA). At age 57, Dave set World Open, Masters I and Masters II records including a fighting 325.5kg record Squat and 825.5kg Total. Not far behind in the performance stakes was Daiki Kodama of Japan, who set not one but two Open World Bench Press Records – 211.5kg at 74kg on Saturday and 210kg at 83kg on Sunday. And then came Jeza Uepa with 1020kg Total at Super, Deamo Baguga also of Nauru set a World Record Deadlift at 83kg with 322.5kg and another Nauruan, Bronco Deiranauw also came in with a World Record 322kg Squat at 105kg.
From closer to home, New Zealander Brett Gibbs we also saw a World Record 292.5kg Squat at 83kg. Australia’s best were also not far behind. Liz Craven set a World Record Squat with 155.5kg at 52kg; whilst Yani Zhao was also world class with a 522.5 Total at just over 84kg. Our men were equally accomplished. Kevin Gray shocking the World with a new 59kg Squat Record at 240kg and rear national records coming in from all of Will Phillips 93kg, Nick Dorn 105kg and Tony Reinmuth 120+kg.
And that was just the beginning for 2017. October will bring both Fitness Show Brisbane and Fitness Show Melbourne, the southern city event including the Australian Championships.
2016 ASIA/OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2016 Asia/Oceania Championships went through in December at the Celebration Centre in Christchurch with near 300 lifters. Visa problems cut the competitor numbers, especially for Nauru, but the Oceania nations produced some stellar performances in both the men's and women's lifting. Way out in from was the performance of Jezza Uepa at Super with an all-time-great performance of 455kg Squat, through the official 1000lb barrier at last. Only Jezza’s grip giving out on the Deadlift cost him the World Total Record and he is set now for a big performance at the 2017 World Championships.
Also setting World Records was Liz Craven from Australia with a 153kg squat and 418.5 Total at 52kg that also sets Liz up for a shot at the World title in 2017. 17 year old Febrose Tsiode from Nauru was a precocious Bench Press record setter, whist a whole host of Australian women’s lifters set World Junior records, most notably Schae Zarew with a Total 435kg at 63kg.
More big performances came from Telupe Iosefa from Tuvalu with a new best of 851kg at 120kg and Jesse Roland (Nauru) with a 760kg at 93kg, whilst King Jamie (New Zealand) and Nathan Tanis (Australia) had a quality battle at 83kg, 712kg prevailing over 710kg. The top Equipped performances on Day 1 came in from New Zealand’s Tasha Williams, 552.5kg at 84kg and Hayden Lee, 812.5kg at 120kg.
The Team awards were spread across the nations in various age classes but home team New Zealand was out in front overall, with Australia and Nauru also to the fore.
The stage is now set for the big events for Oceania in 2017. In April the Pacific Invitational at the Sydney Fitness Expo will be bigger than ever, with 24 invited world class lifters. June 2017 will see Oceania Nations at the World Championships in Belarus and the year will culminate with the Asia/Oceania Championships, now scheduled for Singapore.
2016’s FIRST PACIFIC INVITATIONAL & FITNESS EXPO MELBOURNE!
The Melbourne Fitness and Health Expo hosted the first Pacific Invitational event for 2016 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on April 30th. Once again 30,000 plus fitness fans were treated to world class Powerlifting by athletes from around the Pacific region.
Way out in front as the top performers were the superstars of Nauru. Three lifters, three World Records was the score. First up Bronco Deinarauw took the 93kg Squat World Record with 303.5kg. Then came Steven Melekiola, a 222.5kg Bench Press at 105kg putting paid to the World Record there. And as the grand finale Deamo Baguaga deadlifted 320.5kg at 83kg putting Australia’s Amir Fazeli’s old record in the shade.
Another Pacific powerhouse, Samoa, was also forcefully represented, firstly by Superheavyweight Oliva Kirisome. Oliva lodged the biggest total of the day with 930g at a trim 177kg bodyweight. Also dominant was another Samoan Superheavyweight, Matile Sitagata in the Women’s, who’s 520kg total was only just ahead of Australia’s Yani Zhao, growing in strength and girth with a 507.5kg total at 91kg bodyweight.
Also amongst Australia’s finest was Bench Press specialist Caleb Voice. Caleb was not far short of the World Record with his attempt of 200kg even and will test that mark at the coming World Raw Bench Press Championships in South Africa. The top Australian performance came from Tony Reinmuth, whose 865kg finally took the Australian 120+kg Total record and marked him as officially Australia’s strongest man.
Next up the Pacific Invitational 2 in Perth at the Fitness Expo 19th – 21st August will surely see more World Records fall. From there the Region’s strongest men and women will march on to the mega-event of the year, the 2016 Asia/Oceania Championships in Christchurch in December.
2015 ASIA/OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Far away Tashkent in Uzbekistan was the venue for the second combined Asia and Oceania Championships and the exotic location brought out the best in Australia’s team of near 30 lifters. Top performer in the Men’s was J.P. Cauchi with 615kg at 66kg holding off favoured Kuramshin of Kazakhstan. The Kazakh mysteriously lowered his last Deadlift twice and J.P. came through with a World Junior Record 277.5kg to snatch victory by a slender 1kg. Down in the age groups promising Ben Senden produced World SubJunior Records in the 83kg class; at the other end of the spectrum Masters II 93kg lifter Eric Dumas also produced World Records. Improvements came from Alvin Lim with 625kg at 74kg. & Douglas Gough 647.5kg at 83kg and overall the Australian Men’s Team came in second behind powerful Kazakhstan.
In the Women’s Yani Zhao was way out in front in the 84kg class & cemented her World Junior Champion status with a World Junior Record of 195kg in the Squat and an Australian Open Total Record of 472.5kg. Another improver was Charlene Lee, up from 362.5kg to 391kg in the 72kg class while Giuliana Nannetti was actually the Best Lifter pound-for-pound, with 363kg at 57kg. Another very promising Sub-Junior emerged, with Beth Parker setting World Records for her age at 84kg.
But the star of the show was honorary Australian Ray Williams. Ray went 426kg, 230kg, 352.5kg, for an all-time World Record Total of 1008.5kg. More was there and 1020kg+ is coming from Ray next year. The combined Asia/Oceania format is now set in stone. Bids for the coming years are in from Taiwan, Singapore, Samoa and New Zealand and any and all of those locations will see 500+ Lifters chasing medals.
BRETT GIBBS SMASHES THE 800kg BARRIER!
©2016 Oceania Powerlifting Federation