Posted: Friday, August 19, 2022. 4:59 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize’s Powerlifting Team returned from Panama where they won 2 gold medals and 4 bronze at North American Powerlifting Championships this week.
“We made our presence known at NAPF, and we must keep our standards strong. I’m excited and tired but ready to get back in the gym,” said Alida Wright Sharp as they left Panama earlier today.
Sharp won the gold medal in the Women’s Masters II 52 kg Category on Monday. She also set three new North American Records in squat, bench press, and total points, and tied the North American record for the deadlift.
On Thursday, Robert Williams captured Belize’s second gold in Men’s Masters I Open 120 kg Category. Unfortunately, Williams was delayed coming through Guatemala.
On Monday, Edith Ruiz secured Belize’s first bronze medal in the Women’s Open 57 Kg Category. Then on Tuesday, Jacqueline Alas won bronze as well in the Women’s Open 63 kg Category. Khalid Usher, president of the Belize Powerlifting Association, earned the third bronze for Belize on Wednesday in the Men’s Open 93 kg Category, and on Thursday, William Murillo closed with a fourth bronze in the Men’s Juniors 105 kg Category.
The other two Belizean powerlifters were quite competitive as well.
Leo Matura finished fourth in the 74 kg Men’s Open Category on Tuesday while Nerry Violet Sho placed fifth in the Women’s 76 kg Category
Next, the Belize Powerlifting Association plans on sending a team to the Master’s World Powerlifting Championships to be held in Newfoundland, Canada in October.
“We have three female athletes heading to the Master’s World Championships in Canada in October, and we aim to make our mark there as well,” record-setting Sharp said.
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