Juan Carlos Garrido will be the leading contender in the men’s up to 59kg at the Bogota 2018 World Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships.
Chile’s Parapan American champion has so far enjoyed a good year, taking silver at the Europeans and bronze at the Asia-Oceanian. He is now hoping to secure gold to achieve qualification for his third Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, in 2020.
One Americas powerlifter who may challenge Garrido’s place on the throne is Peruvian Neil Garcia Trelles. The 45-year-old, who participated in the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, most recently competed at the 2018 European Open Championships in France, finishing eighth.
Head to Head
Garrido: Nationality: Chile. Age: 38
Garcia Trelles: Nationality: Peru. Age: 45
Garrido: Games: 2 (2000, 2016)
Garcia Trelles: Games: 1 (2008)
DID YOU KNOW?
Garrido: Retired from the sport in 2004 but returned seven years later inspired by his daughter
Garcia Trelles: Dreams about medalling at his home Parapan American Games in Lima, in 2019
Bogota 2018 will be shown live on World Para Powerlifting’s website and Facebook page, with live results on the Bogota 2018 website.