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POWERLIFTING: Shotton-Gale enjoys success at All English Champs
6:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
SWINDON powerlifters Charlie Shotton-Gale, Helen Toms and Dan Brunt-Murphy competed at the All English Championships in Moulton on Saturday, with varying success.
Shotton-Gale, usually an equipped powerlifter, attempted unequipped or classic powerlifting - meaning she was not allowed to use supportive suits - for the first time to see how she would compare.
Opening her squat at 150kg, she succeeded with both her first and second attempt of 157.5kg but narrowly missed her final lift of the British record of 162.5k.
Her bench press opening weight of 90k was failed on a technicality but she eventually finished with a final weight of 95kg accomplished.
In the deadlift, however, Shotton-Gale was closest to the British record and British total record. She claimed the national total record with her opening deadlift of 162.5kg.
Not content with that, the Swindon lifter upped the weight to 180.5kg and managed to pull it for her second British record of the day, smashing the British total record by 17.5kg in the process.
Shotton-Gale is now planning to lift at the Equipped World Championships in Norway on November 4.
“Many people feel equipped lifting is cheating in some way because of the supportive suits, but if you have 200kg, 300kg, or 400kg on your back to squat the suit can only support your actions. You still have to lift that weight, and many fail,” she said.
“I have only ever competed as an equipped powerlifter because the heavier the weight on my shoulders the more exciting the competition.
“But classic powerlifting has exploded in recent times in popularity so I wanted to see if I was the best in England at classic as I am in equipped.”
Also lifting in the same weight category was first-time lifter Helen Toms.
Toms wobbled on her opening squat of 85kg, but with a successful second and third attempt she finished the squat with 90kg.
In the benchpress, a slight lack of concentration meant Toms missed her second attempt to achieve 50kg but in the deadlift she easily opened on 110kg, successfully completed 120kg and finished with 125kg.
Brunt-Murphy was the final Swindon lifter to go. He achieved 150kg in his squat, equalling his personal best from April, managed a 7.5kg PB in his bench with 127.5kg and a 2.5kg PB in his deadlift with 197.5kg.
All three lifters will now be looking toward the Classic British Championships on October 13.
If you would like to know more about powerlifting visit the GBPF website, www.gbpf.org.uk or contact Shotton-Gale by visiting her website www.sg-fitness.co.uk.
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