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Report – IPF Masters World Powerlifting Championships

Report – IPF Masters World Powerlifting Championships


The IPF Masters World Powerlifting Championships has started with much excitement! Robert Keller and his crew did it again with a nice set up and a great meet.

In case you missed… Our Preview

We are going to try something a little different for this meet. We usually have a separate post for every day of lifting. However, for this meet we are going to a single page post and we will keep adding content to each day. Please keep checking back for updates.


Day 1 Meet Report - Lynne Homan pulled for the win! Hartwig-Gary, Sue Elwyn, Marie Laurence, Greg Page, Joe Marksteiner and Robert Yamasaki take GOLD!

The first session of lifting included weight classes that were very competitive, as well as completely dominated by a single lifter.

Sioux-z Hartwig-Gary (52kg-M1), is one of the most technically sound lifters in the world, and she lifts the same regardless of the level of competition. She was competing against herself and her personal records at this meet. As always, she was technically sound and put together a great total of 427.5kg/942lbs.


Sioux-z has a Wilks of 536.37, which will be a test for Jennifer Thompson (if she wears equipment) and the rest of the field.

Ann Leverette (307.5kg/678lbs total) was edged out for the gold medal by Pranee Pascoe (AUS).

Congratulations to Sue Elwyn (52kg-M3) and Marie Laurence (52kg-M4) for winning their respective age group.

Lynne Homan (57kg-M2) has made the lift of the meet up to this point. She successfully pulled for the win on her last deadlift, moving from 3rd place to 1st place. This was not the likely outcome if you would have seen her unsuccessful opening attempt. However, she never lost focus that the win was going to be in her hands on the last pull. (Arguably, her solid 3rd attempt bench, 95kg, may have been the key in this win). Nice Job, Lynne!

Wearing all pink in the squat and all purple in the bench was a newcomer in the 74kg-M2 division, Gregory Page. This is the only “new” thing we can say about Greg. He has a long standing history of successful lifting, both standing atop the awards platform and his off-the-platform contributions to the sport.

Greg didn’t have the best of days, but it was enough to take home the gold. He missed his last attempt squat on depth; other than that it was quite strong. Greg missed his opening bench press; after an equipment adjustment, he was successful on his second second attempt of 165kg. Greg finished the day with a 265kg/584lbs deadlift and total of 697.5kg/1,537.

Joe Marksteiner captured the 66kg-M3 title by outlasting teammate Jeffrey Jacobs in a tight battle. Jeffrey had the win in his hand, but he could not complete the lift. Great lifting by both gentleman!

I first saw Robert “Bob” Yamasaki (74kg-M3) lift at Raw Nationals in July. I was immediately impressed by his lifting. However, it never dawned on me to check his birth year. After watching his impressive lifting, no way would you ever think that he was born in 1952!

Bob was awarded his third squat attempt by a 2-1 judges margin he never looked back on his path to the Gold Medal. Bob won the class with an impressive total of 610.5kg/1,346lbs.


Day 2 Meet Report - Thompson, Marts, and Ireland win Gold!

Day 2 Meet Report

One of them most anticipated sessions of the IPF World Masters Powerlifting Championships took place today: the Women’s (M1-4) 63-72kg session.

In her first appearance at a Masters World championships, Jennifer Thompson (39.99 years old) was ready for a new challenge. Jennifer has had amazing success in recent years lifting without equipment. She recently won both the raw and “equipped” division at the USAPL Bench Nationals. Facing a formidable competitor in Jennifer Rey-Gaudreau and Isabell Iliev (reigning world champion), it was a “must see” flight.

Jennifer “J-Rey” Rey-Gaudreau took the early lead with a second attempt squat of 172.5kg/380lbs. She missed her third attempt squat on depth; the strength was there, but she just cut it a little close.

Sitting in fourth place (last) after squat was one of the greatest bench pressers in the history of the sport. Yes, Jennifer Thompson was in last place, but after a great bench of 137.5kg/303lbs, she was in the driver’s seat going into deadlift. Note: This was the same winning weight she pressed at Bench Nationals one month ago; today she squatted before doing it.

Jennifer Thompson finished with a 190kg/418lbs deadlift and a 470kg/1,036lbs total for her first Master World Championships.

J-Rey continued to struggle in deadlift; grip issues on her first attempt and lost her balance on second attempt. She pulled her third attempt with ease, but she finished in a disappointing third place behind Isabelle Iliev (FRA). For a brief time, J-Rey was one of my coaches at Louisiana Tech (15 years ago). She and many other alumni of the program have taught me a great deal about this sport. I have always enjoyed watching her lift, and I look forward to watching her put together a great day in the near future.

In the M1 72kg class, Rhonda Clark and Colleen Hansford finished with silver and bronze.

Mutli-time Masters World Champion Donna Marts had a great day and totaled 442.5kg/975lbs for the gold medal. Coming in second was Chandra Armstead in the M2 72kg class.

Masters 3 − 63kg class ended with Hisako Hayahi taking the gold. Anne Kemmerer and Helen White rounded out the awards podium.

The Masters 3 − 72kg class was won by Gail Moore (380kg/837lbs total); Rita Carlsson placed second.

The winner of the M4 63kg class was Faith Ireland. Faith was a former associate justice on the Washington State Supreme Court (she has her own Wikipedia page). She broke several world records today in her route to winning a world title!

The afternoon session featured one of my favorite lifters, Eric Kupperstein. Eric was uncontested in his weight class. He did not have the best of days; however he had a very respectable total of 555kg/1,223lbs; that is 9.4x’s his body weight. Congrats, Eric!

Eric Kupperstein

In our preview, we mentioned that the 74kg M1 class between Nobuyuki Hamada (JAP), Tom Kean (CAN) and Darren Matsumoto (USA/Hawaii) was a “must see” battle. I could not have been more wrong.

1)Tom Kean (CAN) was a no show, 2) Nobuyuki Hamada (JAP) couldn’t get low enough on squat, and 3) Darren Matsumoto (USA) was disqualified in the bench.

This brings up an argument that sometimes showing up, making attempts, and adjusting to the atmosphere is more than half the battle. This is what Sami Siltala (FIN) did! He totaled 660kg/1,455lbs and this world championship was rightfully earned by him today.


Special Olympics Championships

We also witnessed a great competition during the Men’s and Women’s Special Olympics Championships.

Congrats to Dorota Moszynska on winning gold in the 57kg class.

If you watched squats of the mens flight, there was one lifter who would have really caught your attention. Adrian McGhee was sitting in third after squat behind American Tim Siler and Franki Madrigal Vargas (Costa Rica). After bench press he was down 40kg/88lbs! After watching his first deadlift, it didn’t matter what weight was put on the bar for the win; he was going to pull it. He pulled his third attempt successfully and proudly stood atop the platform! Congrats to both Adrian and Tim for their performances.

Charles Piantieri also had a great meet finishing with the gold medal in the 66kg class.

The Special Olympics Championships continued with some great lifting on Wednesday.  USA Lifters Tim Hedley (83kg), Dion Thomas (93kg), Peter Johnsen (120kg) & Louis Maxwell (120+kg) won gold in their respective weight classes.  Louis Maxwell was quite impressive with his 732.5kg total and Wilks score of 403!


Day 3 - A Morning of Silver; Afternoon of Gold

Day 3 – A Morning of Silver; Afternoon of Gold

Morning Session – Men M1-4; 83kg Class

Team USA lifters John Dalessio, Russell Clark, Gregory Kleyn, & Patraic Currey take silver in their respective weight classes

83kg – M1 − 1st David Decouleur (FRA), 2nd John Dalessio (USA)

83kg – M2 − 1st Rolf Hampel (GER), 2nd Russell Clark (USA)

83kg – M3 − 1st Ron Delaney (CAN), 2nd Gregory Kleyn (USA)

83kg – M4 − 1st Mikhail Zhuravlev (RUS), 2nd Patraic Currey (USA)


Afternoon Session – Women 84lg-84kg+ Classes

This was a very entertaining session. The lifting was great, but the “dueling mics” between Gino Biancheri and Gaston Parage (IPF President) kept everyone on the edge (…of their seats). The two announcers volleying commentary back and forth, Regina Hackney’s comments, and Katariina Nokua’s (FIN) post deadlift celebration (and resulting injury), resulted in an afternoon that was fun to watch.

Team USA had three lifters battling for the world title. In the 84kg-M1 was Laura Styrlund. She went 7 for 9 and cruised to the gold medal with a 35kg lead over Lisa Nigh (CAN).

In the 84+kg-M2 division was Malinda Baum. Malinda is a dedicated member of the USAPL organization; she does a great deal of coaching at the national and international level. After a rough start in the squat, she finished with the silver medal behind Jean Maton of Great Britain.

The always vocal Regina Hackney lifted uncontested in the 84kg-M4 class. She missed her opening squat, but was solid during the rest of her day. After disappointments the last several years in the bench press, she was excited to add another world title to her lifting resume’. Congrats, Regina!

Day 4 - David Ricks adds another World Title; The rest of us need to “Get To Work”

Day 4 – David Ricks adds another World Title; The rest of us need to “Get To Work”!

The much anticipated lifting by David Ricks (93kg) started with a few unexpected events. On Dave’s first attempt (330kg) he started down and came up with the weight a little wobbly. He received three red lights on depth. However, after a bit of discussion, it was determined that the bar was misloaded; he would get another opening squat attempt.

The shocker to me was watching the crowd go silent during Dave’s first squat. As soon as he started ascending the crowd went silent. It was as if the crowd was stunned that the lift was not up to the “deep” standard that Dave has set through all of his amazing years, and the crowd acted accordingly. The crowds reaction could have only happened to Dave (It is funny how people show respect in this sport).

The misload was not detected until after the second attempts of squat had already begun. He would then take his “first attempt” during second attempts, then he would follow himself for his second attempt (given 3 minute break). Dave descended with a little more speed, and he did not disappoint on the re-lift (330kg); the crowd supported the lift 100%. His second attempt (after a 3 minute break) and third attempt (345kg) were not successful. Dave was a little off balance (falling forward), and he was a little out of sync today in the squat.

Dave put up two great bench presses, finishing with 225kg. His third attempt world record attempt of 236kg was just too much. Dave finished the day bumping up his own M2 world record deadlift to 328kg on his third attempt. He had plenty of strength. Look for him to keep edging it up. He totaled 883kg, which was just a little off his M2 world record total of 900kg. Congrats, Dave on another world title!

David Ricks

Jack O’Keefe finished with a silver in the 93kg-M4. He had an impressive third attempt deadlift.

Afternoon Session

105kg-M4 lifter Bill Helmich broke the world record deadlift (253kg) on his way to a 603kg total. Eldon Williamson earned the silver.

Day 5 - William Sindelar and Thomas Arrington take gold.

Day 5 – William Sindelar and Thomas Arrington take gold.

The 120kg-M3 class was won by William Sindelar who was unseated at last years world championships. He finished with a nice M3 total of 695kg.

The 120kg-M4 class gold medal went to Thomas Arrington.

Day 6 -Dan Gaudreau out lifts the rest of the field.

Day 6 -Dan Gaudreau out lifts the rest of the field.

After a successful squat day (350kg), Dan Gaudreau was impressive with his bench press. He finished with the M2 world record on his second attempt of 292.5. His second attempt ascended off his chest quicker than his opener. His third attempt of 303kg was close; it was a little wobbly through the full range of motion.

Dan finished off his landslide win with a 282.5kg deadlift and a 925kg M2 world record total. Congrats to Dan on his third consecutive Masters world title.

In the M2-120+kg class, Stephen Davenport had the winning pull in his hands, but it was a little out of his reach. He finished with a bronze medal behind Team USA lifter Gary Allen (917.5kg) and Canadian Francis Rousseau (922.5kg). This win by Rousseau was a huge lift for Team Canada in their quest for the M1 team title.

Steven Green, won the M3 120kg+ class with a very respectable 770kg total.

Team Results and Outstanding Lifters

Team Results and Outstanding Lifters

Team USA took home the majority of the 8 team titles. This is not too big of a surprise considering Team USA had 25% of the lifters competing, and the meet was held in Orlando.

The only team title that Team USA did not win was the Men’s – Master 1 category. The Canadians cleaned house with three huge wins by Lewis Noppers, Dave Walters, and Francis Rousseau.

Another big shocker (sarcasm), I am not efficient at picking the outstanding lifters. I only picked 4 of the 8 outstanding lifters correctly.

Outstanding Lifters

Women M1 – Sioux-z Hartwig-Gary (USA)

Women M2 – Riitta Liimatainen (SWE)

Women M3 – Hisako Hayashi (JAP)

Women M4 – Faith Ireland (USA)

Men M1 – Dave Walters (CAN)

Men M2 – David Ricks (Overall)

Men M3 – Robert Yamasaki (USA)

Men M4 – Shinjun Oshiro (JAP)



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