Timahoe’s Tomás Cuddihy claimed three world titles recently at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federations (WDFPF) single lift competition held in Antwerp, Belgium.
The event featured more than 500 competitors from all over the world. Nineteen lifters from Ireland were present and acquitted themselves well.
Tomás put in the heaviest Irish squat with 235kg to win his division and the first of his titles. He also won the equipped squat with 230kg and unequipped deadlift with a 250kg effort.
He finished 4th in the unequipped bench-press with 150kg and he squatted 235kg raw which is a Personal Best and the heaviest raw squat of any of the Irish who participated
“The level of competition was very high from the outset and there were great lifts and battles for trophies in every division,” Thomas Coyle, President of the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (IDFPA) said.
Some standout performances by Irish lifters included Andrew Richardson from Coleraine, Northern Ireland lifting in the 90kg teenage class breaking two world records with a 191kg squat and a 257.5kg deadlift.
Young John West, Ireland’s longest serving drug free powerlifter, also set a world record with a 137.5kg raw benchpress. John is 73 years old.
The next international competition for Irish drug free powerlifters will be the European single lift Championships to be held in the Ukraine from September 13 to 15. Tomás Cuddihy has qualified for this competition and will be aiming to put in a good performance for Ireland.
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