8th April 2002
Hull student Andy Jones is celebrating again after successfully defending his British Drug Free Powerlifting title in Letchworth yesterday (Sunday).
Andy (20) deadlifted a personal best of 225kg – that’s 35 and a half stones! – to eclipse the opposition in both the junior and men’s classes.
He lifted 187.5kg in the squat, bench pressed 112.5kg and deadlifted 225kg to finish the contest with a total 525kg, 7.5kg ahead of his nearest challenger.
“It was a great weekend and I was delighted to achieve my best ever deadlift to win the title,” said Andy, who studies Graphic Design at the Hull School of Art & Design.
“I went ahead in the squat by 15kg which is what I needed because the rest of the class were bigger bench pressers than me.
“In the end I had to lift 5kg than my personal best in the deadlift to win on the last lift of the day. My coach said that a lift of 225kg would win it for me. My best before this weekend had been 220kg and I knew that I had a chance of getting it if I hit it hard!
“It seemed to take forever forever to get it past my knees, but in the end I came through with the title.”
Andy, who comes from Stoke-on-Trent, is now planning his training for the defence of his world title in October.
“My long-term goal is to break the world squat record of 215kg, and I hope to
get closer to it in every contest until it’s within reach.
“I've now gone past the old record of 185kg and hope to break the record by the time I’m 23.”
Andy only took up lifting in 1998, but within three years he’d 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.
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