The National, Thursday 6th September, 2012
PNG powerlifter to the London 2012 Paralympic Games Timothy Harabe lifted a new personal best of 160kg in the under the 75kg category on Monday at the Excel Centre.
The first time Paralympian competed against powerlifting favourites from the Middle East and Asia and placed 4th in pool B of the 75kg category after a good lift in his second attempt.
In the overall ranking, which includes pool A in the 75kg category, Harabe was ranked 10th with the best lift at 160kg.
His previous lift was 155kg in the world championships in Kuala Lumpur early this year placing him 14th in the 75kg category on the IPC World Ranking before the Paralympic Games.
President of PNG Paralympic committee Bernard Chan said, “We are proud that Timothy has improved and achieved a new personal best at this Paralympic Games with a good lift.
“We understand it gets tougher in every competition specially the Paralympics and to participate in the Games is already a great achievement in itself.”
“I’m pleased with Timothy’s performance given the strong challenge against the power lifting favourites from the Middle East and Asia. Our objective was to acquire a good lift in this level of competition and setting a PB was an enormous effort.” Chan said.
The final competition for Team PNG will be today where Francis Kompaon will race in the 100m event.