Guyana’s Dominic Tyrell wins deadlift bronze at World Open Powerlifting 


A fantastic performance by France-based Guyanese strongman Dominic Tyrell saw him claim the bronze medal in the deadlift while placing sixth overall in the 83kg category at the World Classic Open Powerlifting Championships, which are being held in Druskininkai, Lithuania.

Moving up in weight and facing seasoned campaigners in the senior category, having graduated from the junior ranks, Tyrell did not allow that to get in the way and turned in a fabulous performance to keep the Golden Arrowhead flying high on the international stage.

Contesting the first of two flights of lifters and against 25 other lifters overall, Tyrell’s deadlift of 342.5kg was good enough to land him the bronze medal, which complimented the silver he won as a junior last year in Malta.

Tyrell performed well; he was the top lifter on his flight. He achieved a best Squat of 265.0kg (10th overall) and a Benchpress of 167.5kg (13th overall) for an overall Total of 775.0kg which landed him sixth overall in the world in a field of 25 athletes from the USA, Great Britain, France, Hungry, Canada, Italy, Peru, Denmark, Japan, Czechia, China, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Singapore, Qatar, Lebanon, Brazil, Malta, Cyprus and Kuwait.

The top spot overall went to Kengamu Jurins of Great Britain, with a total of 845.0kg.

Second was Orhii Russel (843.5kg) of the USA, with Asein Enahoro of Hungry claiming third place with a total of 807.5kg.

Enahoro won the deadlift with his first attempt of 367.5kg while Jurins was second with 350.0kg, ahead of Tyrell who ended third.

Tyrell commented, “Just overall very, very happy with my performance. I executed on the highest level and the biggest competition of my life, and all the hard work paid off.”

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jr. congratulated Tyrell on his sterling performance, noting that he was pleased to see him continuing in a positive vein from the junior ranks.

Minister Ramson Jr. assured Tyrell of the Government’s commitment to the continued development of athletes and sports across the board, pointing out that Powerlifting has been doing Guyana proud as it has also raked in and at three World Championships in 2023.

Director of Sport, Steve Ninvalle, also expressed delight at Tyrell’s performance, stating that he is very talented and disciplined, so it was no surprise that he has continued to shine on the international scene for Guyana.

The Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPLF) President Franklin Wilson, on behalf of the powerlifting fraternity, also congratulated Tyrell on a splendid display, noting that his discipline, commitment, and understanding of the sport will see him do even better in the ensuing years.

“Tyrell is a very talented and hard-working athlete who sets a high standard. As a nation, we are privileged to have him along with Carlos Petterson-Griffith, who is ranked third in the world right now, and Romeo Hunter, who will compete as a sub-junior for the last time at Junior Worlds this year. This is fantastic for us a nation and we are very proud of them all.

This Federation will continue to work even more to enhance the sport further, as we are aware there’s lots more to be done to give us that chance of being even better. The areas of coaches and referees’ development will be priorities this year.”

The GAPLF appreciates the continued support of the sport by the Government of Guyana, the National Sports Commission, and the Guyana Olympic Association.



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