West Maui Powerlifters set records at Oahu tournament
WEST MAUI – Sonny’s eighth annual WABDL Powerlifting Championships were held on Oahu at the Hawaii Convention Center on July 1.
Lahaina’s West Maui Powerlifters placed third in the team championships. Competing for the Maui team were two of the best women deadlifters in the world.
Four-time world champion and Master world record holder Liz Cabe, competing in the 97-pound weight class, took the gold in the Open and Master Divisions. Cabe set a new Master world record – and a new American Open record – with a deadlift of 327 pounds. Cabe was also awarded the trophy for best female deadlifter.
Velma Panlasigui competed in the Women Master, 132-pound weight class bench press. Having an off competition, she was not able to complete any of her lifts and did not place. Velma, a four-time Master deadlift and bench press world champion, will get a chance to redeem herself when she attempts to defend both titles in November at the World Championships in Las Vegas.
Two-time Junior and Open world champion Collen Loo competed in the 105-pound weight class. Loo set a new Junior world record in winning the Open and Junior Division. Her deadlift of 332.5 pounds left her just 11 pounds under the current Open world record. Loo also competed in the bench press. Her winning lift of 159 pounds set a new Hawaii state record for her class. Collen was also awarded the trophy for best overall female lifter.
Darnell Christie, competing in the Women Division bench press, 148-pound weight class, took second place with a lift of 168 pounds.
Vyno Omiat, competing in the Teenage Men Division, 148-pound weight class, deadlifted 435 pounds for first place. Llumel Magara, in the Teenage Men Division, 165-pound weight class, won the deadlift with a new state record of 502 pounds. Llumel also won the bench press with a lift of 299 pounds. John Paul Jose won the deadlift in the Teen Men Division, 275-pound weight class, pulling 502 pounds.
In the Junior Men Division, Gabriel Balboa competed in the 259-pound weight class. He took first with a major deadlift of 573 pounds. In the 308-pound weight class, Amado Nacapuy competed in the bench press. He managed 308 pounds to take the title. Amado lifted with only ten training days prior to this contest, breaking his hand five weeks earlier. Amado is a 500-pound-plus bench presser and will show that in future contests.
Big Marcel Maielua competed as a super heavyweight in the Junior Men Division. He set a new Hawaii state bench press record with a lift of 468 pounds – more to come from this big guy.
In the Men Division, Class 1, Alex Chaparro managed to pull out the win in the deadlift with a courageous lift of 469 pounds. Alex was injured two weeks earlier, tearing a tendon in his right hand. Alex pulled 500 pounds in his last contest and was determined to compete, no matter what.
Last but not least, Master Division lifter Gilbert Shibao, coming out of a two-year retirement, set a new bench press Master Division state record with a winning lift of 413 pounds.
The West Maui Powerlifters are coached by Craig DeSoto, one of the top deadlift coaches in the country. Gilbert also assists Craig, coaching the bench press. The team trains at Valley Isle Fitness and is sponsored by Paradise Living located in Lahaina.