POWERLIFTING: Strongman Marc is on top of the world

Marc Giles celebrates his win EMN-140623-162947001
Marc Giles celebrates his win EMN-140623-162947001
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Horncastle powerlifter Marc Giles is feeling on top of the world after more than 30 years of hard work finally paid off - in the best possible style.

Giles struck gold in the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa, earlier this month.

He won the Masters Two 120kg category, beating a Russian rival to achieve, what he admitted was, the crowning glory of his career.

A delighted and emotional Giles told the News: “Winning a world title is an absolutely brilliant feeling.

“It’s a dream. It’s what I’ve spent more than 30 years working for.”

Giles - who is also the coach at Horncastle Powerlifting Club - trailed his Russian opponent by 40kgs after the squat.

However, he clawed his way back into the contest, beating the Russian by 25kgs in the bench press with a lift of 167.5kgs - a new British and Commonwealth record.

That meant everything depended on the dead lift and after the Russian managed 235kgs, Giles powered to the title with 252.5kgs.

It was far from a one-man show as five Horncastle lifters took part.

Jordan Major, competing in the sub junior 93kg category, managed a terrific sixth place.

He totalled 500kgs with his squat, bench and dead lift - all at 17 years old.

Karen Towersey lined up in the Ladies Masters One 40+ age group and finished fourth with a 300kgs total.

In the Masters Two 50+ competition, Bill Taylor was first up for Horncastle in the 66kg category and he took sixth place with an aggregate total of 360kgs.

Sue Giles was the next to lift and she finished second, adding a world silver medal to the bronze she won at the European Championships last year.

Sue managed to get all her nine lifts in and recorded a combined total of 267.5 kgs.

Marc Giles was the fifth - and final Horncastle competitor in action - and did not disappoint.

He has yet to decide whether to defend his title in 2015.