Powerlifting made headlines in 2017, thanks to Matthew Yap who broke the World’s Squat Record and made many Singaporean proud. When did Powerlifting make such an impact as a sport and who was the first World Record Holder in Singapore?
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The first Singapore powerlifter to break a world record was Marcus Yap during the 2015 World Championships in Salo Finland. Yap broke the deadlift World record with a 223 kg (491 lb) deadlift in the U59kg Junior Class.
In June 2017, Matthew Yap broke the world squat record at his first-ever world tournament at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Matthew is coach by his brother Marcus Ya, a two-time world record holder, who lifted 208kg on his last attempt to break the world mark of 207.5kg, set by Swede Eddie Berglund in Texas in 2016.
In the Asia Classic Powerlifting Championships 2017 in India, Marcus clinched the squat (196kg), bench (117.5kg) and deadlift (222.5kg) golds, combining for a Junior (from 19 to 23-year-old) world record total of 536kg. His younger brother Matthew swept the squat (197kg), bench (123kg) and deadlift (210kg) gold medals. He also earned the overall gold medal and set a new Asian sub-junior record total of 530kg.
We’ve compiled a list, featuring some of the best Powerlifters from Singapore that has won on the international stage and some won the respect of many others in the Powerlifting scene.
ZEON LOH GPA U90KG (OPENS)
MAX WANG GPA U100KG (OPENS)
BENJAMIN SOH GPA U110KG (OPENS)
TAN KANG QUAN U93KG (JUNIOR)
JON CHUA U74KG (JUNIOR)
MATTHIAS YAP U74KG (SUB JUNIOR)
MATTHEW YAP U66KG (SUB JUNIOR)
MARCUS YAP U59KG (JUNIOR)
ABBY LOOI U63KG (JUNIOR)
LEE LAY TENG U52KG (OPEN)
THOR QIAN QI U52KG (SUB JUNIOR)
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