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Although his crew of weightlifters was reduce in 50 %, Team Guam head coach Edgar Molinos remained self-confident in the remaining five athletes who will stand for Guam at the Oceania Senior Weightlifting Championships afterwards this month.

Scheduled for Sept. 23-24, the party will be a digital a single, with 170 competition registered from 17 of Oceania’s 22 member nations. Every place can declare a property industry edge.

Molinos expected participation to be significant and stated that was great, including that a podium complete is constantly better when there are additional rivals in the industry.

Guam will subject 5 lifters:

  • David Bautista, 81 kg
  • Nicola Lagatao, 45 kg
  • Jacinta Sumagaysay, 55 kg
  • Armie Almazan, 64 kg
  • Brittney Pereda, 87-furthermore kg

The celebration was postponed 3 periods and relocated once just before organizers decided to go entirely on the web.

The tournament is envisioned to draw athletes from Oceania powerhouses Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Nauru, as well as the region’s giants — Australia and New Zealand. The latter two have about 30 million in blended populace, an pretty much 20-1 ratio compared to Guam.

Molinos welcomes it.


Most of the region’s weightlifting followers currently know of Sumagaysay, who represented Guam in Turkmenistan for the Asian Indoor and Martial arts online games in 2017.

She received a silver medal in the 55 kg class in Samoa in the course of the 2019 Pacific Online games.

The lone male lifter will be Bautista, in the 81 kg course.

Almazan, regarded the elder stateswoman of the staff at age 34, also competed in Turkmenistan and Samoa.

She said that she does not think the distant structure will impact her or her lifts.

“It’ll be various. Usually, you are applied to looking at a huge crowd. Now you are going to see your fellow lifters,” she said. “But I never assume it’ll affect me negatively. I imply, we do this every single day, two to 3 hrs each and every working day. We’re used to it.”

High hopes

Molinos primarily has superior hopes for 45 kg lifter Lagatao, who has only lifted for about a few a long time but has enhanced by leaps and bounds. She previous competed in January 2020 and has hopes for a podium finish.

“This levels of competition was meant to come about in 2020. I well prepared for this and I had a target to deliver household a medal at that time and understanding that it is ultimately heading to materialize, I’m really enthusiastic,” she reported. “I simply cannot promise something other than I’ll do my greatest, and my goal is however the similar.”

Pereda, lifting in the 87-plus kg weight division, stated she’s enhanced her activity considering the fact that her past competitiveness in January 2020.

“I have unquestionably gotten a large amount better with my weightlifting. I’ve gotten mentally tougher and a whole lot more robust,” she reported.

She stated she’s watched some of the competitors’ lifts.

“I look at but I never try to base my overall performance or development dependent off of them. I just check out to just aim on myself,” she mentioned. “In the conclude, it is just me versus the bar when it arrives to levels of competition.

Lorena Princevalle

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