LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas was the setting as Vandalia native Jimmie Pacifico won the 2015 GPC World Powerlifting Championships. A total of 40 countries were on hand over the nine day event at the Westgate Resort & Casino.
Pacifico, a 2007 graduate of Butler High School, weighed in at 237 pounds and competed in the 242 pound weight class.
Pacifico’s arch rival, Chris Pappillion, battled Pacifico for the World Title. Jimmie has been top-ranked over the last three years in the 220 pound weight class within the MultiPly Division with a current 2,550lb total which Ranks him #3 in history within the 220lb weight class.
The squat was the first of the three lifts needed to win the title. Pappillion Squatted 881 while Jimmie hit 832, but then missed 881 himself due to depth. Down 48 pounds they moved to the bench press. Pappillon ended with 611 while Jimmie took the lead with a strong 694.
Pacifico now led by 35 pounds going into the deadlift. Pappillion Pulled 677, missed 722 on his second attempt while Jimmie pulled 766 on his second attempt. Final totals were Pappillion 2,171 and Pacifico 2,293.
Pacifico will now rest and move back up to the MultiPly Division and will compete in Cincinnati this December and in San Diego in April.