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Young weightlifters break records at European Junior and U23 Champs Featured

SIX British records were broken at the European Under-23 and Junior Championships in Estonia last week, as British athletes continue to make superb progress in the sport.

A five-strong team of athletes were sent to the event in Tallinn by British Weight Lifting, supported by GB Head Coach Tamas Feher and colleague Sam Hayer.

Sonny Webster, 19 and from Bristol, finished fourth in the 94kg class after breaking the British Under-20 records for the snatch (twice) and total. He lifted 145kg and 175kg for a 320kg total – personal bests as well as British records.

And Olympian Jack Oliver, (pictured) 22 and from Leeds, continued his remarkable progress with British Under-23 record clean and jerk and total, again both personal bests.

He lifted 140kg and 180kg for a 320kg total to secure eighth spot in a highly competitive 85kg class.

Also lifting was Ben Watson, the 23-year-old St Birnius athlete who is returning to full fitness after a long spell out with injury.

He also finished eighth in the 105kg, lifting 145kg and 1765kg for a 320kg total.

Team Manchester’s Christos Michaelas and Oldbury Academy’s Jaswant Shergill finished 11th and 12th respectively in the 62kg class, lifting totals of 236kg and 222kg respectively.

“It was great to see World Class Programme athletes Jack Oliver and Sonny Webster breaking records and getting PBs,” said British Weight Lifting Performance Director Tommy Yule. “For the other guys it was great experience on the international stage, and to experience pressure at that level is invaluable.”

And BWL Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe added: “The latest performances show British Weight Lifting is in pretty good shape at the moment and augurs well for the future. There is no coincidence these improvements follow on from recent changes to our elite programme and the new ideas that Tommy Yule and our Head Coach Tamas Feher have implemented.

“Although we cannot rest on our laurels, it is encouraging that our leading lifters have already secured four medals at World or European level this year and broken several European, Commonwealth and British records.”