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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!
2015 PACIFIC GAMES Matile Sitagata's (Samoa) performance was the highlight of the powerlifting competition with an extremely easy 237.5kg deadlift breaking the Open and Junior Raw WR. Her 550.5kg total was also a Junior World Record. A remarkable achivement for someone who has been powerlifting for only 4 years.
Other notable performances were by Linda Pulsan (PNG) breaking the WR in the M1 squat with her 183.5kg effort. She had a tight battle with Eibon Mau (NRU) in the 72kg class but ultimately prevailed 476kg to 462.5 for Mau.
Jezza Uepa (NRU) had an epic battle with Oliva Kirisome (SAM) in the men's 120+ class. His much improved deadlift was the ultimate decider after he deadlifted 315kg to total a world class 965kg to take out the gold. Oliva was unable to pull in the 350kg he needed for the win but was desperately close just stalling out above his knees.
Telupe Iosefa of Tuvalu achieved a first for his nation by winning there first ever gold medal in the Pacific Games. And he did it in resounding fashion with a fantastic 805kg total in the 120kg class. He achieved this via a 337.5kg squat a PG record and Oceania/Commonwealth record to boot.
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