British weight-lifter, Ron Collings, won the Lightheavyweight section of the World Power Lifting Championships at Birmingham on Sunday (23 November) and set a new overall world record in the process.
GV Crowd watching and waiting for new competitor
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Bjorck (Sweden) third attempt at 277.5 kilos-fails and makes his feelings known PAN TO light board
GV Honkonen (Finland) lifting 290 kilos on his third attempt. He succeeds and sets new Scandan-avian record
GV Wright (USA) lifting 292.50 kg. on his third attempt--fails--but finished second overall
GV Collins (GB) lifting 305 kg. at second attempt -- he succeeds
GV Collins lifting 317.50 kg. at third attempt to set a new overall world record of 800 kg.
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Background: British weight-lifter, Ron Collings, won the Lightheavyweight section of the World Power Lifting Championships at Birmingham on Sunday (23 November) and set a new overall world record in the process.
Power-lifting is similar to the better known sport of weight-lifting but without the refined technical skills involved in weight-lifting, such as the "jerk" and "snatch". Power-lifting simply invoices the lifting of the heaviest weight possible form either a bench or floor.
The competitors, when lifting from the floor in the section known in the sport as " the dead lift", simply have to stand upright with the weight....no light task when the average weight to be lifted is around 300 kilos (660 pounds).
Ron Collings managed to lift 317.50 kilos (695 pounds) to win the Lightheavyweight section of the Championship. Collins also set a new overall world record of 800 kilograms (1860 pounds), for the total weight lifted over three lifts.
SYNOPSIS: The Town Hall in Midlands city of Birmingham was the scene for much grunting and groaning....but it has nothing to do with a theatrical play.
It was the World Power-Lifting Championships and muscle men from all over the world competed. Lars Bjorck of Sweden is having has third attempt to lift more than two-hundred-and-seventy kilograms....but he has problems.
And the lights in the scoreboard reflected Bjorck's disappointment.
But Unto Honkonen of Finland approached the weight with a positive attitude...and his optimism paid off as he lifted two-hundred-and-ninety-kilograms.
This time the light board indicated a successful lift.
Then it was the turn of the competitor from the United States, Dennis Wright, who attempted to lift two-hundred-and-ninety-two-point-five-kilograms. Although he failed Wright still managed to finish second overall in the Lightheavyweight section of the Championship.
Then it was the time the large predominantly British crowd had been waiting for.... the entrance of the British champion, Ron Collins. Collins came on to lift three-hundred and-five kilograms, in the section known as the "dead lift". Unlike weight-lifting, Power-lifting does not require the jerk and snatch -- merely the lifting of the heaviest weight from a squatting and standing position and from a bench, where the weight is pushed upwards while the competitor lies on his back.
On his third attempt Collins managed to lift three-hundred-and seventeen-point-five kilograms to win the Lightheavyweight section of the Championship and set a new overall world record for three lifts.