Ali Jawad wins gold at IPC Powerlifting European Championships
on 26-11-2015 09:21
Ali Jawad stormed to success on day two (Wednesday 25th November) of the 2015 IPC Powerlifting European Championships in Hungary, producing a flawless display in the Men’s 65kg class to claim European gold and silver in the Open competition.
The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Champion at 59kg has recently moved up to 65kg yet continued to dominate on the platform; achieving 193kg on his third lift to top the podium in Eger.
Despite having his preparation for Eger disrupted by a series of injuries, the British Weight Lifting World Class Programme athlete started in confident fashion with a 188kg press before progressing to 190kg and finally 193kg.
Also in action on day two were Oliver Brown and Nathanial Wilding. Brown, in his first international competition since joining the British Weight Lifting World Class Program in April, achieved a press of 143kg on his second attempt in the 65kg class before strict refereeing ensured he narrowly missed out on a personal best of 147kg.
Later in the 72kg B category Suffolk Spartans lifter Nathanial Wilding produced a fantastic technical display, achieving success on all three lifts and finishing with a 147kg press.
“Ali experienced a series of niggling injuries in the build up to the championships but his confidence was undented and focus on medalling undeterred." Tom Whittaker
British Weight Lifting Paralympic Performance Manager Tom Whittaker commented, “Ali experienced a series of niggling injuries in the build up to the championships but his confidence was undented and focus on medalling undeterred. The step-up in weight class proved of minor consequence such was Ali’s power on the platform and leaves us all full of confidence heading into an Olympic and Paralympic year.
Nathanial also produced a fantastic performance and has come on leaps and bounds since becoming a part of the BWL Talent Confirmation program. He has progressed 10kg in his press and is now hoping to join the World Class Program in 2016. For Oliver the experience of both preparing for, and participating in, a major international competition will prove invaluable. The week has proved hugely fulfilling for both and should help accelerate their development as powerlifting athletes.”