Centennial College students Dylan Wong and Maksym Khavkhanov competed in the Fall Classic (formerly known as the Ontario Open) Olympic Weightlifting Competition in Scarborough, at Variety Village, on November 1st. They are both members of the Athletic and Wellness Centre and active members of the Centennial Weightlifting Club. The competition took place over two days with our boys lifting in their respective weight categories on the Saturday.
Dylan Wong had an early start with a 6:45 a.m. weigh-in. Dylan was initially registered in the 69kg weight class but after dropping a few pounds before competition, he weighed in at 61.9kg that had him eligible to participate in the 62kg category and called for some last minute administrative changes. With strong numbers lifted, Dylan was able to grasp the silver medal in his weight class. This is his second competition and second Olympic weightlifting medal won with the club this year.
Maksym (Max) was a first-time competitor in the 85kg category. Max was able to hit new personal bests in both his lifts in this competition. Max is fairly new to the sport and shows much promise as a competitive lifter. Both athletes plan on competing again in future competitions with the club and we look forward to continue coaching them and other athletes.
Special thanks to coach and therapist James Lu for taking the lead with both these athletes. It takes a lot of work to program and successfully prepare an athlete for this sort of competition while keeping them injury-free.
– Joshua Delgado, Fitness Services Coordinator