2023 BRITISH OPEN INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
POWERLIFTING, BILATERAL, BENCH-PRESS & DEAD LIFT
It was truly stormy summers day in East London for the 2023 British Open International Championship at “Bone’s Gym”, Eltham, London on 9th July thanks to Barry Davis, Proprietor and Meet Director. Bone’s gym is fully equipped with quality equipment that is ideal for the development of humane power and strength.
Competitors travelled some eight hours from all over the UK to descend on Eltham. We were treated to some spectacular performances, causing good vocal support in the audience. It was exciting and exhilarating to see lifters lifting with such good form and technique for lifting heavy weights.
The standard of lifting was excellent, with an array of new lifters from all categories with some good camaraderie to win the classes creating a very vibrant atmosphere. The Platform crew delivered an excellent faultless application on all lifts.
The BPO operates with 3 divisions for lifters, Raw, Classic and Single ply.
RAW RECORDS POWERLIFTING:
82.5kg M60+ - Phil White, Squat 125kg B, Dead Lift 172. 5kg. B & Total 395kg B
RAW RECORDS BILATERAL:
67.5 Women’s Open Nicole Cannon Bench Press 62.5kg B Dead Lift 132.5kg B & Total 195kg B
75kg Men’s Open - Teodor Kisyov Dead Lift 170kg. B
100kg Men’s Open Alex Cooper Dead Lift 235kg B
140K Men’s Open Ridwan Kelani Dead Lift 315kg B
RAW RECORDS SINGLE LIFT DEAD LIFT
82.5 Men’s Teenager – Sayd Hamad Dead Lift 220kg B-E-W
SINGLE PLY RECORDS SINGLE LIFT DEAD LIFT
90kg Men’s M55+ – Russell Bain Dead Lift 263kg B-W
Key: B=British record. E=European record, W=World record.
Best Overall Powerlifter: Phil White with 389.8 points lifted the Brian Smith Annual Memorial Shield.
Best Overall Bi-Lateral Lifter: Ridwan Kalani with 270 points.
Recognition Female Record Breaker: Nicole Cannon 202 points
Spectators were treated to an array of records. 2 World records, 1 European record and 10 British records were broken at these championships in all categories which are colour coded on the scoresheets. This surely shows that there is still that thrust in GB powerlifters still wanting to achieve much more.
Barry Davis made all lifters proud by each receiving Unique Viking with sword statues and certificates of participation.
Many of the lifters have since e-mailed, Facebook, text, telephoned and wrote to express how “GREAT” the Championships were run, with dedication and commitment from all those involved below.
THEREFORE, A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE BELOW WHO GAVE UP THEIR TIME AND TALENT TO HELP AT THESE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Meet Director: Barry Davis
Platform Crew: George Davis, Craig Salmon, Mark Chavers & Poppy Salmon.
MC: David Carter
Technical Officer: David Carter
Referees: Dave Mannering, Andy Shipman and Peter Davis.
Presentations by: David Mannering
The BPO will be back at “Bone’s Gym” for the 2023 Bilateral Championships on 10th December, thanks to Barry Davis and his most excellent team.
Report by “The Crane”