VIDEO: Kirkby powerlifting legend Phil retires on top

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Kirkby’s legendary powerlifter Phil Beniston has just returned from this year’s World Championships in Holland with three more world titles – and then announced his retirement.

The 50-year old has won 21 world titles and broken over 200 British, European and world records in that time, including over 50 world records.

Although finished with powerlifting as a competitor, Phil will compete one more time in next year’s World Bench Press Championships to see if he can go out on a high as bench press world champion for a 10th consecutive year.

He will then concentrate on refereeing and coaching as well as his other sport of kickboxing.

In this video, Chad sports editor John Lomas catches up with Phil at Kirkby’s Festival Hall on his return from Holland.