Friday, December 16, 2011

Wilma’s bench press sets new standard

In Reno

Bellevue's Wilma Lee Cadavona, 59, is still lifting weights with the best of them.

She was one of the record-setting competitors during the 2011 World Association of Benchers and Deadlifers (WABDL) World Powerlifting Meet Nov. 1-6 at the Peppermill Casino and Hotel in Reno, Nev.

Cadavona established new state and world records with a 209.2-pound bench press on her fourth attempt in the Master Women's 54-60 age class for the singles 181-pound division.

Her first attempt resulted in an 85-kilo, 187.2-pound lift. It got better from there.

Cadavona made her first of three world record breakers with a 87.5-kilo, 193.7-pound lift on her second attempt, followed by 90 kilos, 198.2 pounds on her third and 95 kilos, 209.2 pounds on her fourth attempt.

About 550 lifters from the U.S., South America, Europe, India, Cambodia and Hawaii competed in Reno. Lewiston's John Rohde set an Idaho state record with a 380.2-pound bench press during the meet.

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