World Powerlifting Tops FIBO China

100+ China and international World Powerlifting competitors were squeezed into just over two days of sensational lifting at the 2019 FIBO China Powerlifting event in Shanghai August 22 – 24. A packed house saw World Records fall and big Samtek equipment prizes go to the Best Lifters and Best Clubs.

In the Asia Pacific international Women’s the name engraved Samtek bar for top performance went to Jess Sewastenko of Australia, a 194kg WR Deadlift topping out a great 425kg Total for her. Up at 84kg comebacking Yani Zhao was way out in front of local hero JiaJiao Xu in their much anticipated showdown, 502kg to 466kg.

The name “Joseph Whittaker” was being engraved into the Samtek stainless steel bar as soon as Joe came through on a third attempt 377kg Squat and Joe indeed produced the goods in the Total with 919kg. Not to be outdone, DianXiong Lin of China produced a World Squat of 261kg at 77kg, whilst near misses at WRs came from Australians J.P. Cauchi and Karl Di Falco.

But the show-stealer was guest-lifter and one of the all-time greats, Krzysztof Wierzbicki from Poland. Krzysztof coasted through 295kg Squat and 192kg Bench Press, before bringing the house down with easy 320, 350 and then 380kg Deadlifts.

Best China Club in the national event was Team Binchen from Nanchang, led by the redoubtable WeiBin He. Their reward? – a full 390kg plus rack Samtek set. Look for WeiBin to recover from injury and be setting records in World Powerlifting events in 2020.

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