BELARUS: Singaporean powerlifter Matthew Yap set a new squat world record in the Under-66kg sub-junior category on Sunday (Jun 18).
The 17-year-old hit 208 kilogrammes in his final attempt at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
He cleared 190kg on his first try but opted to skip his second attempt due to a cramp.
On his third attempt, Yap managed to overtake Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Chebanov on the squat leaderboard with his world-record lift, earning the Singaporean the gold medal.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, the 17-year-old paid tribute to his coach and brother Marcus Yap - a two-time world record holder in the sport- for getting him into the sport. "I got into powerlifting because of my older brother. He first competed and when I witnessed it, I told myself I want to be on this platform one day.
"I am feeling pretty satisfied with the win, I would say," said the Republic Polytechnic Media Production and Design student. "But I'm not that surprised with the world record seeing how well my training has gone prior to the competition."
Added Yap: "Before my last attempt, I told myself that I had flown so far to come here and overcame so many obstacles that I'd better perform and make my sacrifices and hard work count."
"Immediately after racking the bar back, reality hit me and I got super emotional which can be seen on the livestream," he said.
The win on Sunday added to Yap's bronze medal in the bench press as well as his silver medal in the overall standing in the competition, which ends this weekend.