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Locals power to regional titles

Trudy Tannant qualified for the national championships with an 87.5kg bench press. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

POWERLIFTING

CHRIS COGDALE
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Wairarapa powerlifters were in form at the Wellington and Central Districts regional championships at the Viking Brothers Gym in Petone last Saturday.

The seven lifters from the Wai Weight Gym entered the championships confident of success, and they delivered, walking away with seven first places.

Sara Surtees dominated the open women’s Under 52kg class with lifts of 127.5kg for the squat, a 60kg bench press and best in the deadlift of 147.5kg.

That was good enough to win Surtees the best overall female’s title in the open class across all weight categories.

Trudy Tannant went into the championships to qualify for the national championships in the Masters’ one bench press. She achieved that by equalling her personal best of 87.5kg.

Colin McCarthy set two Central Districts records in the Masters Three class.

His lift of 205kg was a new record for the deadlift. He also had lifts of 155kg for the squat and 90kg for the bench press. His total of 450kg over all three disciplines was a new record.

Jesse Russell had to step up to the 120kg class after he weighed in 1.5kg overweight for the 105kg, but that didn’t stop the 32-year-old claiming first place with three impressive lifts for a total of 687.5kg.

He set new personal bests in the squat, with 245kg, and bench press, with 162.5kg. His deadlift of 280kg was 5kg short of his personal best.

Sixteen-year-old Ashton Cooke-Tait won the sub-junior 83kg class and easily qualified for the national championships with a total of 460kg.

The Chanel College student lifted 170kg in the squat, 90kg in the bench press, and 200kg in the deadlift.

Punn Teofilo won the 105kg class and was the best overall male in the bench press with a best of 207.5kg.

Joseph Teofilo kept the winning in the family with first place in the sub-junior 66kg bench press with 130kg.

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