GB sent a strong team to the Western European Championships this year with almost all of them in a medal contention.
The opening day saw first time international lifter and pro bodybuilder Marina Cornwall achieve personal best’s and a bronze medal, followed by Louise Clark in the next weight category up also attaining bronze.
Michelle Constantine, wife of long time lifter and former European and World medalist Pat Constantine, was in the next weight category achieve another bronze medal.
The evening saw first time international lifter Ola Oyefeso and experienced competitor Joe Bullock lifting in the 105k and 93k body weight class respectively.
With both these classes very competitive Ola failed to achieve a podium position however did achieve some personal best’s and a good total score which left him happy about his first ever international competition, eager to compete in more.
Joe was very pleased winning bronze and tallying the total medals up to 4.
The following day saw the weight categories lifting times changed around as the ‘home grown’ talent of Ielja Strik attracted a lot of the local media. The heavy and super heavy weights were first on the platform for the day including Andy Thompson lifting in his first international at the new body weight of -120k down from the super heavyweight 155k body weight.
Andy had some good fight in him and managed to clinch a silver medal, narrowly missing gold on his last deadlift.
The super heavy weight category saw Adam Nash lifting in his second international competition, and although way down on his personal best total he did achieve bronze also, bringing the GB team total up to 6.
Last on the platform for the team, and competing against world record holder and local girl Ielja Strik, was Charlie Shotton-Gale.
Experienced international competitor, Charlie was ranked a comfortable 3rd going into the competition and as long as she secured a total she was sure of the medal.
After failing her second squat and not able to go for a pb she settled with a 190k finishing weight, missing her last bench at a pb weight of 127.5k to give her a 122.5k weight the Deadlift was not going to play well for her and she achieve 7.5k under pb weight with a 170k score.
Giving her a total of 482.5k, 7.5k under her best total score and still not breaking that 500k total barrier, Charlie was very pleased to win Bronze for her country but bitterly disappointed she did not make any improvements’
“This competition was to gain even more international experience and to warm up for the world championships in 7 weeks time.
“I had my sights set on getting pb’s of 197.5k in the squat, 127.5k in the bench and 177.5k in the deadlift to break that 500k total weight barrier and set me up for some great numbers for the worlds.”
“I’m going to go back to the gym and really hit the technical aspects of my lifting over the next 7 weeks to truly prepare for the worlds. My body weight is under control now and as long as I have 7 weeks of strong training I am confident for some gains the next competition I have.”
The next IPF senior championships are:
2011 IPF WORLD MEN’S & WOMEN’S POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
in PLZEN / CZECH REPUBLIC
from 07. – 13. November 2011
Keep lifting Strong!
SG Fitness Team