Weightlif­ers break records

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

A five strong weightlift­ing team is break­ing records on the na­tional cir­cuit.

The ath­letes, from the cen­tral Auck­land Youth­town bar­bell team, brought home an im­pres­sive swag of medals, break­ing 16 Auck­land records and one New Zealand record at the NZ Raw Na­tional Cham­pi­onships held in Christchurch from Septem­ber 28 to 29.

Lynn Le and John Du­ran both won gold medals, with Du­ran the cur­rent New Zealand un­der59 kilo­gram record holder.

Mt Al­bert ath­letes Vi­vianne Teh and Bert Ruiz won sil­ver and bronze re­spec­tively, while Men­drado Ca­toto placed fourth. Youth­town was once well-known for pro­duc­ing weightlift­ing cham­pi­ons in the 1980s, in­clud­ing Com­mon­wealth gold medal­list Dar­ren Lid­del.

None of the team had been in­volved in the sport be­fore un­til start­ing their train­ing with fit­ness in­struc­tor Do­minique Basabas just 12 months ago.

All five have qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the Ocea­nia Com­mon­wealth Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships in Auck­land in De­cem­ber.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to watch John Du­ran com­pete.

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