Micky Yule sets new international personal best on his way to European gold
on 27-11-2015 12:47
British para-powerlifting athlete Micky Yule set a new personal best on the international platform on Thursday (26th November) on his way to European gold at the IPC Powerlifting European Championships in Hungary.
The Glasgow born powerlifter put in a superb performance on day three of the championships to see off the challenge posed by two high-calibre Russian athletes in the 80kg weight class; producing three successful presses including a new best in international competition of 193kg on his third and final effort.
The gold medal means military veteran Yule, who is part of the Help for Heroes Recovery Programme, now sits 6th on the rankings table ahead of a Paralympic year.
In order to qualify for Rio 2016, athletes must meet the IPC Powerlifting Paralympic Minimum Qualification Standard (MQS) for their respective weight category; the top eight ranked male athletes and top six ranked female athletes in each weight category as of 29 February 2016 will be awarded places at next summer’s Paralympic Games.
On a hugely successful day for the team, Yule’s medal was added to by four time Paralympian Natalie Blake who took bronze in the Women’s 55kg weight class. Despite having her second and third attempts ruled ineligible by the referees Blake still placed on the podium with a terrific initial press of 90kg.
Both Yule and Blake are part of British Weight Lifting’s World Class Programme, funded by UK Sport and the National Lottery.
"Micky has fully embraced the challenge and continues to save his best for when it matters."
British Weight Lifting Paralympic Performance Manager Tom Whittaker said, “With competition for Rio extremely competitive our athletes are fully aware of the hard work in training and competition that is required to give them the best possible chance of qualifying.
Micky has fully embraced the challenge and continues to save his best for when it matters. His time with strength and conditioning coach Neil Crosbie, who was worked closely both with Micky on an individual basis and the World Class Programme as a whole, has been of huge benefit and really helped develop his power for competition.
Micky has now set new personal bests on the international platform in two significant events, first at the IPC Asia Powerlifting Open in July and now in Hungary, to cement a top 10 ranking position and leave him ideally placed for 2016.
Although Natalie will be disappointed with two failed lifts despite finishing in the bronze medal position she still finishes the year in positive fashion and, such is her terrific work ethic and professionalism to the sport, has every chance of booking a seat on the plane to Rio next summer.”