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Novice Bradford powerlifter lifts British Classic title
7:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
Bradford teenager Ged Sykes has become a national champion in only his second competition.
The 17-year-old, from Wibsey, had been training well but had to conquer his nerves to win the under-18 sub-junior category in the British Classic Championships at Horncastle in Lincolnshire.
Ged, who was not only making his debut in a national event but also his first appearance for Steelman Powerlifting Club, weighed in at 78.1kg but admitted that he made hard work of it when the competition began.
He finished the squats with a British record of 187.5kg and bench-pressed 127.5kg (both 7.5kg less than he had managed in training), but was leading going into the deadlift, where he comfortably attained 207.5kg (5kg less than in training).
However, Ged’s combined total of 522.5kg – a Yorkshire and North East reecord – was still enough to beat runner-up Andrew Morrison from Northern Ireland by 32.5kg.
The Bradford youngster’s squat best was a British record but it was bettered by 2.5kg by his rival minutes later, although it still stands as a regional record.
Ged’s ‘Wilks total’ (which takes into account a lifter’s bodyweight) was the best for a sub-junior lifter at the championships.
Having only been in the sport for a year and only taking part in two competitions – the other was the Yorkshire and North East Federation Classic Powerlifting Championships at Ashington in June – Ged is now preparing for a divisional competition late next month, where he aims to not only get his British squat record back but also break the Yorkshire and North East deadlift, which would give him a clean sweep of regional records.