THE best of British powerlifters competed alongside challenging international athletes at the UK IPC Bench Press Championships at Folkestone in Kent last weekend.
A great mix of experienced elite athletes and talented novices competed in the event, which attracted more lifters and spectators to the venue, and also featured the new system of bodyweight categories.
London 2012 bronze medallist Zoe Newson was in fine form, lifting a personal best of 91kg and setting a new junior European record for the 44kg class.
There were also PBs for Adam Alderman (141kg) and Micky Yule, whose lift of 176kg was a competition PB and helped earn him the title of best lifter of the day.
There were several novice lifters in action, who relished the challenge of competing against international athletes from Ireland and the Netherlands.
Scotland’s Hanna Toremar performed well and gained good experience ahead of travelling out to Dubai for the fifth Fazaa Competition next month, where she will compete alongside the GB team.
And there were also good lifts from other novices including Aaron Simmonds and Jade Farrington.
Newson was best Brit in the women’s 41-86kg+ category, but in the open competition the Netherlands’ Melacia Tuinfort lifted the most - 107kg.
In the men’s 49-65kg class, Alderman came out on top, with Aaron Simmonds second and John Tyrell third.
The men’s 72-80kg class saw Yule take the honours, with Nathan Macqueen second Brit and Daniel Steward third. Ireland’s Roy Guerin lifted 125kg to take second in the open event.
Reginald Byrne lifted 90kg and was top British athlete in the men’s 82.5-90kg category, while top lift of the day went to the Netherlands’ Patrique Dankers with an impressive 178kg.
And in the men’s 97-105kg+ class, Paul Efayena put in a strong performance, lifting 190kg. Chris Rattenbury was also in great form, taking second with 170kg.
Click on the link to see all the action from the championships on BWL's Dartfish TV channel.