POWERLIFTING: Horncastle trio perform well at Worlds

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Three competitors from Horncastle were among more than 800 who took part in the World IPF Classic Powerlifting Championships in Salo, Finland.

Competing in the over-60 men category was Ted Byrne, Sue Giles contested the over-50 ladies and in the over-40 ladies was Karen Towersey.

Sue was up first in the 72kg catergory, making all her squats up to 92.5kg, missing just one bench to leave her in seventh place going into the deadlifts.

She made her first two lifts up to 127.5. Her final lift was dropped to 130 after two of her opponents failed at 135 and she pulled it easily under pressure, giving her a brilliant fifth place in a very tough group. The ladies’ over-50s team finished second overall.

Sue has never been out of the top five in six internationals, and her team never out of the top three, making them one of the most successful teams in British powerlifting.

In her second international, Karen was really up against it in a tough 84kg category.

She missed her first squat to put her under pressure, but she came back strongly hitting her next two for a 105kg squat. She hit all three benches to leave her tied in fifth place, so three good deadlifts were needed.

The first two were comfortable, her 145kg left her in fifth place alone, so an attempt was made for bronze on the deadlift, but 157.5 proved a little to much on the day, but it was still great lifting after moving down a weight class from last year.

Last up was Ted Byrne in the 66kg weight class. Ted, a second full power international, opened strongly with a 147.5 commonwealth record squat. His bench left him with work to do in the deadlift.

He opened with an easy 185kg, then a 195 second which gave him a commonweath total record of 427.5. Guaranteed bronze overall, he was put in for a 212.5kg on his final lift.

It was a gallant effort but he just fell short, leaving him in third to the Finn and Japanese lifters. The Finn deadlifted a massive 230kg at 65kg in weight and 63 years old.

Club coach Marc Giles was head coach for the Great Britain team and was over the moon with the individual performances from the lifters based at the Horncastle club, who train at Horncastle Squash Club.