23 February 2020
Sugden secures golden finish in Manchester
Louise Sugden ensured Great Britain finished with a final golden flourish at the Manchester 2020 Road to Tokyo Para Powerlifting World Cup.
It was Great Britain’s fourth gold at the competition after Zoe Newson, Kimberley Dean and Micky Yule all came away with victories.
The 35-year-old broke the British record twice in the women’s up to 86kg category as she lifted 123kg and then 125kg to clinch top spot.
Sugden was pleased to accrue more ranking points, which will help her to seal a spot in Tokyo this summer.
“I am delighted. I got exactly what I came here to get,” Sugden said. “I’m really pleased with my technical performance and really happy to get another British record.
“I’ve not had the best couple of months in the build up to this one, but I had a really good spell right before Christmas which meant that I was able to get my goal of 125kg today.
“It’s made me harder to catch. I’m defending my Paralympic ranking to make sure I’m in that top 8 in April.”
Britain secured another medal on the final day of competition when Liam McGarry came away with bronze on his international debut.
In the men’s over 107kg category, the Brit lifted a 180kg in round one and increased that to 185kg in round three to complete the podium behind Greece’s Konstantinos Dimou and Slovakia’s Marek Kamzik.
After a series of stellar performances on home soil, GB topped the medal table with nine medals in total: four golds, two silvers and three bronzes.
Photo credit: Para Powerlifting
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