Pembrokeshire lifters enjoy gold rush

12:04pm Tuesday 26th November 2013

PEMBROKESHIRE lifters enjoyed a gold rush at this month’s World Powerlifting Championships at the Grand Plaza Hotel, Chicago, writes Fraser Watson..

Jo Mansell, Paul Murphy, and Aaron Hoskins notched six titles between them at the coveted event.

It was Milford Haven’s Mansell who led the way on the opening day in the Women’s 67.5 kilogram (kg) Master Class (40 years and over). She entered the event as reigning deadlift champion and produced a 155kg personal best in that category, as well as a 55kg lift on the bench press and 110kg squat. Her performance was enough to secure her the deadlift and overall powerlifting title.

The second day saw veteran Paul Murphy, who carried a neck injury into the event, notch his 13th and then 14th World titles in the Men’s 90kg Master Class (45 years and older).

Paul performed a 300kg squat, 152.5kg bench press and 280kg deadlift – a lift that also won him the World’s best pound for pound deadlifter title.

On the final day, Pembroke’s Aaron Hoskins showed his outstanding potential in the 100kg Open Class. A 317.5 kg squat, 210kg bench press and 282.5 kg deadlift saw him lift the overall powerlifting and deadlift titles.

The trio also formed part of the British Elite deadlift team which won overall gold.

Furthermore, just 11days after competing in Chicago Murphy flew to Holland for the 2013 WPU World Championships – after being invited by the British Powerlifting Federation to join their powerlifting and deadlift teams.

Again he competed in the 90kg Master Class, and proceeded to produce a World record deadlift of 275kg, a 287kg squat, and 145.5kg bench press, for an overall total of 707.5kg. His performance was enough to secure the combined total title.

Just two hours later, he competed in the World Single Lifts and again produced a 275kg world deadlift, securing his 15th and 16th World title. Murphy modestly described his achievements afterwards as: “A fitting end to an injury ridden year.”

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