Bogota 2018: Fabio Torres vs. Lucas Gareca

Hosts Colombia hoping to celebrate in the men’s up to 97kg

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Fabio Torres is one of Colombia´s main medal hopes at their home Bogota 2018 World Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships after taking gold at two national competitions this year.

He also claimed silver at the last edition of the continental event in Mexico City, in 2015, and followed that up with another silver at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

Torres had a disappointing performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with three unsuccessful lifts but came back in full form for the 2017 World Championships, taking bronze.

One of his strongest opponents will be Argentinian Lucas Gareca, who won the junior world title in 2014 and is one of the rising powerlifting stars in the Americas scene.

He last competed at Mexico City 2017, where he could only finish 20th. But Gareca is hoping to take a leap forward and, why not, cause a major upset against the home crowd´s favourite.

Head to Head

PERSONAL INFO

Torres: Nationality: Colombia. Age: 42

Gareca: Nationality: Argentina. Age: 23

PARALYMPIC GAMES

Torres: Games: 1 (2016)

Medals: 0

Gareca: Has not yet made his debut at a Paralympic Games

DID YOU KNOW?

Torres: Lost the lower part of his left leg after stepping on a mine while on duty with the Colombian army.

Gareca: Was encouraged to take up the sport by Argentinian powerlifter Jose David Coronel.

Bogota 2018 will be shown live on World Para Powerlifting's website and Facebook page, with live results available on the Bogota 2018 website.