2021 is easily becoming the year of Filipino athletes. Just recently, the Philippine national powerlifting team arrived home with 4 golds, 2 silvers, and 5 bronze medals after a successful stint at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Halmstad, Sweden.

Leading the charge with four gold medals in the 43kg women’s junior division is Veronica Ompod, a young Pinay powerlifter from Matag-ob, Leyte. 

Meanwhile, fellow Leyte native Jane Erasmo hauled four bronzes in the 47kg sub-junior class of the event, which was held from September 23 until October 3, 2021. 

After benching an impressive 147.5 kg on his third attempt, Agustin Lorenzo snagged a silver medal in the men’s 74kg sub-junior division. 

Powerlifter Joyce Gail Reboton made an even bigger splash by capturing two medals in the women’s 76kg open division. 

Reboton claimed a silver and a bronze medal in her weight class, making her the first Filipina to win a medal in the World Open total in Classic Powerlifting, according to the Powerlifting Association of the Philippines (PAP).

After powerlifting legend Lily Pecante made history by winning bronze in the Open total at the 2009 World Open Powerlifting Championships, Reboton is only the second Filipino to win a medal in any World Open total. 

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