KIRKBY Powerlifter Phil Beniston has recently returned from the WPF World Powerlifting Championships held in Palm Beach, USA, where he succesfully defended his world titles in the 82kg class that he won last year.
In one of his hardest competitions in which he had to squat and deadlift over triple his bodyweight, Phil managed to beat the US Champion Tim O’Brien on his home turf, after a close fought battle, with Nigerian Prince Nwampka Kennedy coming in third place.
Two days later and Phil was to fight it out in the World Bench Press and World Deadlift Championships in the same weight class of 82kg, but he decided to weigh in fully clothed to move up to the 90kg class so he could do battle with Russian Champion Valery Poryadin who was being coached by top Russian coach Alexander Belousov.
In the Bench Phil, who was giving well over a stone away in bodyweight after weighing in lighter than Poryadin (even fully clothed) opened on the same weight of 160kg (353lb).
Both lifters moved up to a second lift of 170kg (374lb), and it all came down to the final attempts of 175kg (385lb) to decide a winner.
Poryadin lifted first and failed to lock the weight out giving the win to Phil, who followed and was succesful on his attempt.
The same result followed on the deadlift with Phil outlifting the Russian by 10kg (22lb) to take his third World title.
There was much celebrating in the Great Britain camp when, against the odds, they managed to win the Team Deadlift title, despite fielding one of the smallest teams.
Great Britain also managed to come second in the Team Bench Press and third in the Powerlifting.
Phil is sponsored by Angie Barwick of Mansfield, JP4x4 of Skegby, Goldfoil of Nottingham, Furmanite International Ltd and NRGFuel of Nottingham.