Regie Ramirez and Ma. Betina Bordeos showed great strength among a pool of power lifters from all over the world to shine at the World Juniors & Sub-Juniors Powerlifting Championships 2013 in Killeen, Texas, USA.
The Philippine national junior powerlifting team, composed only of two powerlifters, brought home a gold, a silver and a bronze in the prestigious world powerlifting event.
Twenty year old Asian champion Regie Ramirez won the lone gold medal of the country, topping the boys -53 kilogram deadlift event with his 225 kg lift in his second attempt. Russian Kirill Krut took the silver with 215 kg, while Angel Chavez of Ecuador lifted 210 kg to win the bronze.
Ormoc native Ramirez also won the bronze medal for the overall event, tallying a total of 532.5 kilograms. Kirill Krut secured the gold with a total lift of 580 kgs, and Japan’s Hironori Ishii finished second with 540 kgs.
Ramirez settled for a fourth place in the bench event, and fifth place in the squat event.
Twenty three year-old Betina Bordeos of Albay Betina Bordeos brought home the silver medal in the girls’ -57 category deadlift event, finishing second to Victoria Karylsheva of Russia who lifted 180kgs to Bordeos 175kgs.
Bordeos placed fifth in the bench event, seventh in the squat event, and seventh in the overall event with a total lift of 415kgs.
“It took great effort and discipline to earn a medal in a world-class event and we’re grateful having these medals,” said Powerlifting Association of the Philippines board member Nina Oca.
The team also won seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the 2013 Asian Powerlifting Championships held in Ahwaz, Iran last May.
Photo Credit : Jess M. Escaros