Laois native and Carlow IT coach Tomás Cuddihy set a new national record in the deadlift of 250kg and total weight lifted of 635kg at the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association (IDFPA) Full Powerlifting National Championships held in Ardee, County Louth
The event saw over 100 lifters from across the country putting in massive lifts in the squat, benchpress and deadlift.
“The standard of lifting was very high and there were great performances across the board,” Tom Coyle, President of the IDFPA said.
One of the big performances of the day saw reigning World Champion Tomás Cuddihy from CIT powerlifting set two new national records.
Powerlifters from CIT put in a great performance as a club and as individuals with many qualifing to compete for Ireland in the forthcoming European and World Championships. CIT coach Peter Lucey, Scott McSweeny, Diane Galvin, CIT coach Sean Canniffe, Luke Blennerhassett, Barry Pigott, Dan Stone and Kevin Barry all qualified to compete for Ireland in the European Championships.
Next up for Irish Powerlifters will be The World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF) European Championships taking place in Ireland this year from April 26-28 in Castleblayney, Monaghan. A strong Irish team with many Cork lifters is expected.
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