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PM Pecante shines in World Masters Tilt

[caption id="attachment_557" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Philpost Pride"]Philpost Pride[/caption] PHILIPPINE Postal Corporation (PhilPost) Postmaster Erlina “Lily” Pecante, the reigning world champion in Women’s Powerlifting in her age bracket, bannered the Philippines to an over-all haul of 4 golds in the 2009 World Masters Powerlifting Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Pecante annexed her fifth straight world title and her sixth overall in the 90-kilogram division, as she swept the three individual gold medals in the squat (200kg), bench press (112.5 kg) and deadlift (190kg) to also bag the gold in the total lift at 502.5 kg. She is the only Filipina gold medalist who owns 27 Philippine records and 10 Asian marks. Pasig City Postmaster Pecante shamed rivals Kristina Szeiller (2nd) of Hungary and Jo Ann Lerew (3rd) of US. Postmaster General Hector R.R. Villanueva and the board of directors of PhilPost led by Chairman Franco Loyola have sent congratulatory messages to Pecante for winning the crown once again for the country. Postmaster Pecante is the No. 1 in the top 10 list of all time strongest Filipina and the only person who lifted 538.5 kg/1,187 pounds. Considered as the most bemedaled powerlifter and veteran campaigner in the international sporting arena, Pecante also owns the all time world record in the squat and deadlift category. She recently triumphed in the 2008 IPF Masters World Powerlifting Championship held at the famous Palm Springs Convention Center, in Palm Spring California. Pecante reigned supreme in all International Powerlifting competitions since 1988. A four - time Philippine Sportswriters Association awardee, Pecante has also been an outstanding employee of the Philippine Postal Corporation. She also won a medal in the recent World Games in Taiwan which is second most prestigious sporting event after the Olympics. She also bagged the crown in the last Asian Powerlifting Championships held in India where she led the Philippine team with four (4) golds and the Asian Best Lifter award. Pecante started lifting in the 60-kg weight class until she reached the 100 kilograms category which won her the National Open Championships in 1987, and the title “strongest woman in the Philippines”. Before taking the 210 kilogram crown after her first two tries that produced 200.5 kg and 201.5 kg respectively, she had already broken the Philippine record. Since beginning to lift at age 16, Pecante has won more than 20 medals majority of which came from international competitions held in India, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, United States and South Africa.