Asia Pacific Open in Shanghai

Fifty local lifters in the China Open set the stage for the two sessions of elite international powerlifting in the Asia Pacific Open. There was a full house audience all the way through as 23 of the region’s best lifters competed in the intense atmosphere of 50,000 attendees amongst hundreds of loud all equipped stalls at Asia’s premier fitness show.
As ever Jezza Uepa of Nauru was the standout. A 460kg squat in training the week before wasn’t matched on the platform as he narrowly missed a WR attempt 461kg, but Jezza walked away with a best lifter total of 1017.5kg in the 120+kg class. China’s best Weibin He was not that far behind with a 817.5kg total in the 105kg class while local Dianxiong Lin set the only open World Record of the meet with a 260kg squat in the 77kg class.
Age group World Records did come to Yurika Kepae with a 221.5kg Junior World Record squat in the 100+kg class and Irving Harris with a 226kg Masters 3 World Record squat in the 85kg class. Not far off records and best female lifter was Li Ding of China with a solid total 345kg in the 53kg class.
This was the first international Powerlifting event in China and there will be much more to follow in 2019.

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