11 October 2010

Philippine-born Kiwi youngster sets NZ weightlifting records

Youngster Lou Guinares has set six national records while being the first New Zealand weightlifter in action at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

A delighted Guinares, 20, set both junior and senior records in the 56kg class at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex.

He lifted 94kg in the snatch and followed up with 124kg in the clean and jerk.

His combined total of 218kg placed him seventh in the 12-strong field.

For the Philippines-born Guinares, who has been in the sport for only two years, the Commonwealth Games was his biggest competition to date he described it as both "nerve-wracking" and "awesome".

Read the rest of this article at stuff.co.nz
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