With competition officially having gotten underway yesterday at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City, Chile’s Jorge Carinao set two continental records on the first day in the men’s -54 kg kg class. Carinao set a record of 141 kilos, before going on to better that with a lift of 147 kgs. The record helped him win a gold medal at the event.
Carinao was quoted by Comité Paralímpico de Chile as saying after his win, “I am satisfied with the result, and hopeful to have a good performance in Toronto 2015. I have worked a lot to be at this level and it is really good to see the results are happening.”
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.