Chappelle, Abrigo, Hunter and Mohamed win at powerlifting competition
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Overall female winner in the Novice’s category, Keisha Abrigo (69 kg)
Overall female winner in the Novice’s category, Keisha Abrigo (69 kg)

After being hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, local powerlifting returned on Sunday with the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPLF)’s National Novice / Junior Championship and Qualifiers held at the St. Stanislaus College.

Sunday’s competition was strange to anyone who is familiar with the local powerlifting scene. The faces of the spotters, referees, athletes and well, everyone were covered with face masks and some face shields. The dozens of usual supporters (who liven up the venue with their shouts of support at every lift) were absent, though the competing athletes were loud enough to do the job. Still, the competition was a ‘weighty’ one.

Best lifter (classic) in the Novice and Junior category, Romeo Hunter

For females, in the junior category, 14-year-old Angel Chappelle (52 kg) emerged the overall winner. She managed a 65kg squat, 30 kg bench press and a 75 kg deadlift. Her total was 170 kg. She won the women’s sub-junior raw category and in the women’s open raw, for her weight class.

Speaking to Chronicle Sport after the competition, she said that she was very proud of herself given that she had only been training for a few months. And, now that she has experienced what the competition is like, she is enthused about participating in more and more events.

Importantly, the young Chapelle also broke four national records. Her best squat and her overall total set the record in the 52 kg weight class women’s sub-junior raw and women’s open raw category.

In the novices’ category, Keisha Abrigo (69 kg)- who competed in the women’s open raw category- emerged the overall female winner after she lifted a total of 337.5 kg. Her squat was 125 kg; her bench press, 42.5 kg; and deadlift, 160kg.

Other winners in the female’s leg of the competition included: Salma Hack (57kg) who lifted a total of 257.5 kg and won the women’s open raw in her weight class, and Homwattie Hirawan (76kg) who lifted a total of 252.5 kg and won both the women’s open raw and the women’s Mast 1 raw in her weight class.

Meanwhile, in the men’s segment, 14-year-old Romeo Hunter (66 kg) emerged the best lifter (classic) in the novice and junior categories. Meanwhile, Faroud Mohamed (74 kg) emerged the best lifter (equipped) in the novice and junior categories.

Hunter managed a total of 440 kg. His lifts were: 170 k squat, 110 kg bench press and a 160 kg deadlift. He won in the sub-junior raw and the men’s open raw categories for his weight class. Hunter set the new men’s sub-junior raw bench press national record.

Mohamed, on the other hand, scored a total of 465 kg. His squat was 170 kg, his bench press was 100 kg and his deadlift was 195 kg. He placed first in the men’s sub-junior equipped and men’s open equipped for his weight class. Mohamed rewrote the squat, bench press, deadlift and total national records.

In the open raw category, the winners were: Kelvin Moore (59 kg), Cidel Patrick (83 kg), Paul Meusa (93 kg) and Thurston Pearce (105 kg). Corvin Sealey (93 kg) came second to Meusa. Askhay Goukaran (93 kg) won in the men’s junior raw category. Additionally, Yogaishawar Seecharan (120 kg) won in the men’s junior equipped and the men’s open equipped.

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