5th April 2002

 

STRONGMAN ANDY TO DEFEND TITLES

 

Hulls champion powerlifter Andy Jones is predicting a close contest in this weekends British Championships.

 

Andy (20), who studies at the Hull School of Art & Design, is the current British and World Champion of the World Drug Free Powerlifting Association.

 

Hell be out to defend his junior and mens British titles in Letchworth on Sunday (7th April), where he expects a nailbiting finish to the contest.

 

I'm under double the pressure this year as I have to defend both titles, said Andy, who comes from Stoke-on-Trent but studies Graphic Design at the University of Lincoln in Hull.

 

I'm predicting that Ill squat the most in the class and take the lead, but the rest of the class are better bench pressers than me so it will all even out for an exciting finish in the deadlift.

 

Id be surprised if anyone wins easily as the 75kg class is known for being very close. I won the title last year by having to lift a new personal best, but I hope Im not put in the same situation this year!

 

Andy only took up lifting in 1998, but within three years hed been crowned as a world champion drug-free powerlifter.

 

Drug free powerlifters are amateur sportsmen who compete in three weightlifting disciplines - the squat, the bench press and the deadlift.

 

Last year he won the British Overall Champion and World Champion titles, and in February he added the Scottish Open Championship title to his list of honours.

 

Now hes hoping that all the hard work that hes been putting in at the YPI on George Street in Hull will pay off. The time for talking is over, he said. All the hard work in the gym and the days having to put up with aching muscles will show up on the platform on Sunday.

 

If I dont lift at my best I wont win. But fortunately the same applies to my opponents too!

 

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