With competition officially having gotten underway yesterday at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City, Brazil’s Gustavo Da Silva set three continental records on the first day in the men’s -49 kg class. Silva’s first lift was 120 kg, which was an Americas record. He then bettered that in his next two lifts, going 125 kg and then 128 kgs.
The records were enough to secure gold for Da Silva. Venezuela’s Luis Díaz finished second with a best lift of 103 kgs, while Argentina’s Rodrigo Villamarín won bronze with a lift of 70 kg.
For many lifters, the competition is part of their 2016 Summer Paralympics qualifying campaign. Lifters need to have competed at last year’s world championships, meet the Paralympic Games Minimum Qualifying Standard (MQS) and and participate in at least one Regional/International approved event in 2015. This competition counts for the last criteria, and lifters can use the event to set an MQS.
Competition continues today in Mexico City and runs until Wednesday. Today, men’s 59 kg, 65 kg and 72kg are on the program, along with women’s 55kg and 61 kg.