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GWF HOSTS FIRST INVITATIONAL LIFTING COMP

The Guam Weightlifting Federation hosted its first invitational weightlifting competition in over 15 years at the Leo Palace resort in Manengon, Saturday, March 21, 2015. CrossFit Gof Metgot’s Paul Claros and Kimberly Taguacta took top honors in the male and female division.

PRESS RELEASE – Saturday, March 22, 2015:  The Guam Weightlifting Federation hosted its first invitational weightlifting competition in over 15 years at the Leo Palace resort in Manengon, Saturday, March 21, 2015.  An estimated 200 spectators gathered and cheered the 16 Men and 10 women who took the stage to participate in the open format competition.   Former Guam weightlifting athletes that represented Guam in international events and the Olympics during the 1980’s and 1990’s partnered up with the new GWF to judge the event.

Competitors performed 3 attempts of 2 movements, starting with the snatch and then followed by the clean & jerk.  Overall scoring was based on the Sinclair coefficient- The international measurement which factors the weight of the lift and the athlete’s weight to derive a score.  Athletes were also scored based on weight categories.  The purpose of the invitational was to find athletes in 8 different weight classes to form the Guam National Weightlifting Team and represent Guam in international events.

Kimberly Taguacta takes first place in the 53kg women's division. (photo by Joey Blas)

Kimberly Taguacta takes first place in the 53kg women’s division. (photo by Joey Blas)

The overall winners in the female division are as follows:

1st place: Kimberly Taguacta CrossFit Gof Metgot, BW(52kg), Best Snatch=52kg  Best C&J=73kg  Sinclair Total=191.48

2nd place: Amy Reyes CrossFit Gof Metgot, BW(61.6kg), Best Snatch=52kg  Best C&J=80kg  Sinclair Total=178.01

3rd place: Kayla Taguacta CrossFit Gof Metgot, BW(54.1kg), Best Snatch=40kg  Best C&J=61kg  Sinclair Total=149.89

Competitors take the stage to kick off the men's weight lifting competition held at Leo Palace Resort. (photo by Joey Blas)

Competitors take the stage to kick off the men’s weight lifting competition held at Leo Palace Resort. (photo by Joey Blas)

The overall winners in the male division are as follows:

1st place: Paul Claros CrossFit Gof Metgot, BW(74kg), Best Snatch=110kg  Best C&J=137kg  Sinclair Total=318.27

2nd place: Shane Concepcion CrossFit Gof Metgot, BW(82kg), Best Snatch=100kg  Best C&J=140kg  Sinclair Total=292.09

3rd place: Justin Westbrook  Chamorri CrossFit, BW(92.2kg), Best Snatch=107kg  Best C&J=140kg  Sinclair Total=284.15

Over the course of the next year, the Guam Weightlifting Federation with the help of the Guam National Olympic Committee and the help of the GWF sponsors, IT&E, Bank of Guam, Bonded, and the Leo Palace Resort, looks forward to hosting more events and seminars to grow the sport of Olympic weightlifting on Guam.

PHOTO GALLERY:

 Kenny Wetherholt Team CCF finishes his second attempt on the 65kg lift. (photo by Joey Blas)

Kenny Wetherholt Team CCF finishes his second attempt on the 65kg lift. (photo by Joey Blas)

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Marc Toh Team CFGM completes his second attempt on the 65kg lift. (photo by Joey Blas)

Marc Toh Team CFGM completes his second attempt on the 65kg lift. (photo by Joey Blas)

Joey Reyes Team Team CFLS snatch and squats his first attempt on the 60kg lift. (photo by Joey Blas)

Joey Reyes Team Team CFLS snatch and squats his first attempt on the 60kg lift. (photo by Joey Blas)

Edwin Valencia Team CFLS prepares to complete the 60kg overhead squat. (photo by Joey Blas)

Edwin Valencia Team CFLS prepares to complete the 60kg overhead squat. (photo by Joey Blas)

Fariht Gomes Team CCF completes his first attempt on the 60kg lift. (photo by Joey Blas)

Fariht Gomes Team CCF completes his first attempt on the 60kg lift. (photo by Joey Blas)

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