A 17-year-old Republic Polytechnic student is killing it in the powerlifting world.

Matthew Yap, took the World Squat Record in the men’s under-66kg Sub-Junior division, age 18 and under, with a smooth 208kg third attempt at the 5th IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships 2017 in Minsk, Belarus.

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The competition is the biggest annual powerlifting championship.

This is Yap’s final year in Sub-Junior division as he will be moving up to the Junior division from Jan. 1, 2018, onwards when he gets a year older.

This annual powerlifting meet typically runs over ten days, and comprises competitions for both genders, in various weight and age categories.

Participation requires nomination from the International Powerlifting Federation affiliate in their country of origin.

Powerlifting Singapore is the governing body of this sport locally, and is affiliated to the IPF, which is the biggest powerlifting federation in the world.

Powerlifting Singapore provides a platform for athletes to compete, through the various national level meets and through valid nomination to other regional and international competitions sanctioned by the IPF, such as this one in Belarus.

Powerlifting is not a sport recognised by the Singapore government, and all athletes are self-funded.

 

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