Despite smashing his world deadlift record, last year’s 74kg World Masters Two powerlifting champion, Winston ‘Little Master’ Stoby had to settle for the overall silver medal at the World Masters Championships, Tuesday in Orlando, Florida.
Stoby’s total of 657.5kgs (1,449.78lbs) was not enough for him to repeat as champion as he was upstaged by top seeded Greg Page of the United States of America
who lifted the overall gold with a total of 697.50kgs (1,537.98lbs).
According to a release by the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF), Page and Stoby quickly got into their stride establishing a lead from the rest of the lifters with a one-two finish in the squats with Page registering 267.5kgs (589.83lbs) for individual gold and
Stoby taking the silver with 250kgs (551.25lbs).
Heading into the second individual lift, the bench press, Page increased his lead grabbing his second gold with a press of 165kgs (363.82lbs) edging out Taniguchi of Japan 162.5kgs (358.31lbs) and Sahlgren of Denmark 145kgs (319.72lbs).
The ‘Little Master’ however, could only muster eighth place with a below par bench press of 130kgs (286.65lbs) having failed his first attempt at the same weight because he lifted before the judge’s command to lift and failed his third lift at 240kg.
Heading into the final individual lift, the deadlift, with the subtotal reading Page, 432.5kgs (953.66lbs) followed by Stoby 380kgs (837.90lbs) hotly pursued by Taniguchi in third with 377.5kgs (832.38lbs), the ‘Little Master’ changed gears in his pet lift by smashing his own world record of 272.5kgs (600.86lbs) with a lift of 277.5kgs (611.88lbs) in his second lift to capture the individual gold.
Page was relegated to second with a lift of 265kgs (584.32lbs) with Asmus of Germany taking third with 230kgs (507.15lbs).
With the three lifts completed the final tally for the Overall total Title found Page (USA) winning the gold medal with an aggregate of 697.50kgs (1,537.98lbs) to be the 2013 World 74kg Masters 2 champion.
Stoby with an aggregate of 657.5kgs (1,449.78lbs) placed second and Taniguchi third with an aggregate of 607kgs (1,338.43lbs).
“The GAPF wishes to extend congratulations to Winston, gratitude to the sponsors that supported him as well as the Australian National Masters Powerlifting Team that responded favorably to our request to assist him on stage due to our inability to send a coach because of financial constraints,” the GAPF stated in the release.
“We at the GAPF fervently hope that equal national accolades be given to this true son of Guyana by all Guyanese concerned for consistently placing the country on the sporting map at the highest level following on the heels of an outstanding performance by 18-year-old lifter and World 53kg Sub junior Champion Gumendra Shewdas last month as well as the Men’s Team at the Caribbean and Pan American Championships in July,” the release added.
Stoby is scheduled to return this weekend.