Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship
Montreal, August 25, 2019 - The Montreal World Masters Weightlifting Championship concluded on Saturday. The competition, showcasing the world’s best weightlifters aged 35+, welcomed competitors from all continents, including 150 Canadians, at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre. Athletes from 60 countries were competing, a record for a World Masters Championship.
Numerous athletes enjoyed their stay in Quebec’s metropolis, as mentioned by Mario Robitaille, vice-president of the organizing committee.
“A dozen athletes told me these were the best World Master Weightlifting Championship they’ve ever been to. We put together a great championship, and we have much to be proud of. Yves Carignan (President of the organizing committee) and I are also competing, so with our experience, we know what it takes to keep the athletes happy. We are very proud, and we delivered on our promises.”
Families and friends of the competitors from all around the world could follow the competition live on two Internet platforms with a live medal count. This World Masters technological first was made possible thanks to the work of Julien Carignan, Yves Carignan’s son.
Canada's men's and women's teams finished second in the team standings.
Highest Honours to Kristi Brewer and Marcel Perron
American Kristi Brewer and Quebecois Marcel Perron were crowned the weightlifters with the best balanced scorecard across all age and weight categories.
Mario Robitaille was delighted by Perron’s victory, which represents more than a simple sporting result.
“It’s really something to win this is Montreal! This was expected from him. He suffered a CVA three years ago, and we set up a fundraising campaign to get him special treatments. He was back on his feet quickly, but in January 2018, we didn’t know if he would be able to compete. He took about two months off before getting back in the gym.”
These World Championships closed the loop opened 40 years ago by Yves Carignan when he competed at the Montreal Olympic Games.
The next World Masters Weightlifting Championship will be held in Germany.
Canadian Medallists of the 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship
Written by Sportcom for the Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship
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