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Kona Powerlifter Earns Special Olympics Gold

August 1, 2015, 1:54 PM HST
* Updated August 1, 1:55 PM
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Kona powerlifter Isaiah Wong earned two gold medals Friday in his first appearance at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Calif.

Wong, representing Special Olympics Hawai’i, successfully lifted 205 kg in the M24 dead lift competition. He beat out Michael Mora of the Phillippines, who lifted 190 kg. China’s Du Cun Cai earned the bronze medal.

The other gold medal came in the M24 all lift combination event. He tallied a total combined weight of 1,094.5 kg lifted and posted a score of 492.50 kg. Mora once again finished in second place and Great Britian’s Paul Booth finished in third.

Wong, competing in the 93 kg weight class, earned two more medals during competition. He took home a silver medal in the M24 squat, finishing right behind Mora. Cai was the third place finisher. The final medal was a silver in the M24 bench press event, finishing behind Booth. Cai took another bronze medal finish in the event.

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