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Local powerlifters continue to break records

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Taber Times

There were 15 local powerlifters at the 2015 Canadian Drug Free Powerlifting Championships on March 14, many of which had Canadian record lifts.

Sarah Gough placed first in open women 139-pound class unequipped, with Canadian records in squat (220 pounds), and deadlift (265) along with a bench press of 110 pounds.

Brad Olson swept his events for first place in open men 198-pound class unequipped, gaining Canadian records in squat (573), bench (374) and deadlift (622).

Close behind him in the same weight class was Luke McRae in second with a squat of 407 pounds, bench press of 319 and a deadlift of 507 pounds. Third-place finisher in the weight class was Jackson Woodruff with his squat (319), bench (242) and deadlift (352).

Brad Wilson competed in the 220-pound open men class unequipped and finished in first with a Canadian record squat of 513 pounds, a 319-pound bench press and 618 pounds in deadlift. Finishing in second behind him was Tyrell Peak with his squat (473), bench (319) and deadlift (621 Canadian record).

Neil Fajnor had a trio of Canadian records for first in open men, 275 pounds unequipped. They included squat (368), bench (286) and deadlift (495).

John Koethler competed in open-men, 319-pound plus class unequipped and had a Canadian record squat of 507 pounds, a bench press of 330 and a Canadian record deadlift of 562 pounds.

Competing in the raw division was Brad Silver in the open men, 198-pound class in which he finished first, posting Canadian records in squat (418), bench (319) and deadlift (462).

Clay Sparks’ raw division lifts in junior men 242-pound class included Canadian records in squat (551), bench (319) and deadlift (540).

For open men, 242-pound raw class, Braden Gardner finished in first with Canadian records in squat (544), bench (353), and deadlift (533).

The same weight class in 40-44 year-old masters saw Kevin Dixon finish in first with Canadian records in squat (594), bench (352) and deadlift (573).

Even Blindback’s Canadian record deadlift of 484 pounds, bench press of 303 pounds and squat of 451 pounds got him first place for open men, 319-pound plus class.

In the equipped division, Harlan Kovac got first for 198-pound open men with his squat (451), bench (286), and deadlift (484).

Ron Hagen had lifts of 588 pounds in squat, 402 pounds in bench press and 544 pounds in deadlift to earn him first in equipped 40-to-44 year-old masters.

Earlier in January, three local powerlifters competed in the 100 Per Cent Raw Prairie Open Western Canadian Championships in Calgary.

Randy Sparks competed in the 242-pound, 55-to-59 year-old masters category and finished in first with Canadian records in squat, bench press and deadlift.

Brad Wilson took first in the 220-pound, open men class.

Brad Olson took first in the 198-pound, open men class.

There were 80 powerlifters at the event.

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