SINGAPORE: An 18-year-old powerlifter based in the Republic broke the deadlift world record twice on Sunday (Dec 20) at the Asia Oceania Powerlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Competing under the Team Singapore banner, Danish-Dutch teenager Daniel Nobel lifted a whopping 303.5 kg on his second attempt to set both the sub-junior Asian and world record, only to best himself moments later with a 305 kg lift on his third try.
"I'm ecstatic," Nobel told Channel NewsAsia. "I have known the standards to win my category for a long time and there's no better feeling to see all the hard work pay off."
Nobel lifting 305kg on his third attempt.
The strapping, 2.03 m-tall ex-rugby player contests the under-120 kg category and only started serious powerlifting about a year ago.
He added: "I have done it with being disciplined, smart and consistent with my training leading up to the competition. Training is one aspect that'll get you there, but the mental side is another one that a successful competitor must learn to master and for myself it's still a learning process."
"My goal was to come here and break the World Record in the deadlift and become the Asian Champion. I broke the World Record twice. I have surpassed my expectation."
Nobel also won two gold medals (overall and deadlift) and two silver medals (squat and bench press) at the meet, after clocking a 240 kg squat and 145.5 kg bench on top of his 305 kg deadlift feat.
Asked why he held up the Singapore flag while on the podium, Nobel explained: "I have lived here since I was 10, grown up here and Singapore is what I consider my home. It was such an honor and a fantastic opportunity to represent Powerlifting Singapore and both winning my division and breaking the World Record twice was topped off when I heard the National Anthem being played in Uzbekistan."
Powerlifting Singapore's vice-president Zulhairy Zolkaffeli said: "If an athlete can prove his residency here and involvement and commitment to the sport, he can join as a member and therefore represent Powerlifting Singapore."
Singapore's other representatives also did well at the Championships. Clinton Lee (under-83 kg junior) set two Asian junior records and won two gold medals (overall and squat). He also copped two silver medals (bench press and deadlift) and was named best junior lifter.
Christophe Ang (under-74 kg junior) won two gold medals (overall and bench press). Derrick Kim (under-74 kg open) won gold in the deadlift and two bronze medals (overall and squat) while Alina Choo (under-63kg junior) won a bronze medal in the bench press.