|Charles Tan (right) with coach Shawn Heng. He set three world records in Malaysia, including in the deadlift. Image: thenewpaper|
The Manjusri Secondary School student said of his victory: "All my hard work finally paid off. I don't think it is very impressive, but it is enough for now. I want to achieve more."
Charles rewrote the records in the squat and deadlift categories, lifting 222.5kg and 215.5kg respectively, as well as the combined total lift in his age and weight class with 540.5kg.