The Philippine Powerlifting Team comprised of Mr. Eddie Torres, Mr. Tony Tagimbao, Ms. Elvira Lorenzo and world record holder Ms. Erlina Pecante won a total of five (5) gold, three (3) silver and two (2) bronze medals in the recently concluded World Masters Powerlifting Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic on 02 to 06 October 2007. These four (4) lifters contributed to the Philippines’ seventh place finish in the team event among a total of more than forty (40) member nations of the International Powerlifting Federation.
Ms. Erlina Pecante is the world record holder for the Squat in the 90 kg weight class after she lifted 210 kg on her last attempt. She also broke this record twice on her first and second attempts lifting 200.5 kg and 201.5 kg respectively. Ms. Pecante merited a total of four (4) gold medals in the Squat, Bench press and Deadlift categories. From Prague, she will proceed to Soelden, Austria to compete in the World Open Powerlifting Championships on 18 October 2007. Another Filipina, Ms. Elvira Lorenzo also won the bronze in the Women’s 52 kg class in Ostrava.
In the Men’s division, Mr. Eddie Torres won two (2) silver and one (1) bronze medals in the men’s 100 kg weight class; while Tony Tagimbao garnered one (1) gold for the Deadlift at 202.5 kg, one (1) silver for the Squat at 187.5 kg and one (1) bronze medal lifting a total of 477.5 kg.
Mr. Tagimbao and Ms. Pecante made a courtesy call on H.E. Ambassador Carmelita R. Salas at the Philippine Embassy in Prague after their competition in Ostrava.