Brigantine athlete breaks world record in weight lift

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Viet Vo Viet Vo

A Brigantine resident, 28-year-old Viet Vo, recently set a world record in his weight class at a state competition of the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) competition in Newark, New Jersey. Vo, who trains at the Brigantine Fitness Center, lifted 445 pounds in the bench press for the record.

He also set state records for the squat lift (445 pounds) and for total weight in bench, squat and deadlift (1415 pounds) in his weight class: 198, Amateur Raw Natural.

Vo came to Brigantine when he was 4 as his family fled Vietnam after the war. He is one of four brothers who attended the Brigantine school system and Atlantic City High School.

Vo has trained on his own, starting when he was in the eighth grade. He snuck into his first completion, being underaged at the time.

His current focus is on the RPS world records in the other two lifts and the total weight lift. Vo will compete in meets in the fall with those records in mind.

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