British Juniors and U23s: who has qualified for the British Senior Championships?

The British Junior and U23 Championships saw a lot of lifters hit the qualification standard for next year’s senior British Championships at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Jaswant Shergill hit the qualification standard, whilst Skip Callard is just 1kg away from doing the same. He and his brother Scoop have now hit the standard for the English Championships in January.

Nam Ahmadi’s win in the men’s 69kg U23s also qualified him for the British Championships, whilst Andrew O’Driscoll just hit the 235kg needed to get him to the event. Dane Charles, who also lifted in that category, has hit the standard for the English Championships.

Amber Sheppard and Poi Fakcha have now also qualified, as has Jade Hill. Allie Deeley is just 4kg away from assuring her qualification. Rachael Radman has hit the standard needed for the English Championships.

Cyrille Tchatchet has achieved the standard for the British Championships, with Prosper Armstrong 7kg away. Matt Hague has qualified for the English Championships in Milton Keynes, as have Jordan Vine and Prosper Armstrong.

The top three women in the 69kg U23 category have all now qualified for next year’s British Championships. Zoe Horseman, Sophie Smyth and Chloe Shelbourne-Ralph all lifted over 152kg to achieve the standard required. Maddie Fry and Ariella Thompson have hit the standard for the English Championships.

Fraer Morrow and Kim Pham have also hit the standard needed for the British Championships, whilst Jennifer Tong is now just 7kg away. She has however achieved the standard for the English Championships.

Adrian Canaveral is just 1kg from qualification, whilst Chi Chea and Jamal Isaac-Shah are 6kg and 7kg away from the total needed. Marcus Collins and Mason Symonds are 1kg away from hitting the total needed for the English Championships.

Olivia Blatch and Laura Hollobon have achieved the qualification total for the British Seniors, whilst Jo Dobson has qualified for the English Championships.

Liem Bui-Le and Jack Dobson have both now got the total required for the British Championships next year, whilst Josh Skillington has achieved qualification for the English Championships, as has Jonathan Smith.

Finally, Mercy Brown and Emily Campbell have both hit the total needed for qualification, whilst all of the women that competed in the 75kg and 75+kg categories have qualified for the English Championships, apart from Lucy Jackson, who is just 9kg off the standard needed.

5 of Crystal Palace’s lifters at this event managed to qualify, and with Prosper Armstrong and Jamal Isaac-Shah not too far away, that total could be added to soon. Jade Hill and Olivia Blatch from Europa could soon be joined by Skip Callard in assuring qualification.

Jaswant Shergill’s total he achieved at the British Juniors would have seen him win the gold in this year’s equivalent event at the British Seniors. Jade Hill would have achieved bronze with a total of 161kg, which she lifted at the weekend. Olivia Blatch’s weekend lift of 170kg would have seen her bronze from this year’s British Seniors turn into a silver, and Liem Bui-Le’s 293kg total beats Cathal Byrd’s winning 284kg from this year’s event.

Tickets are already available for the British Championships next year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, and you can purchase them here: http://bit.ly/2dc77jD

Cybex British WeightLifting & Para-Powerlifting Championships 2016: Watch the competition highlights video

2016 was the biggest year yet for the Cybex British Weight Lifting Championships, with a record number of people attending an action packed weekend at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Over 100 lifters competed in 19 different weight categories in the hope of becoming a British Champion.

This year’s competition was the last chance for the sport’s top athletes to be considered for selection for the Olympic Games, with Sonny Webster and Rebekah Tiler putting in performances which helped them earn their places as part of Team GB in Rio this summer.

British Weight Lifting has put together a highlights video of the competition which includes some exclusive behind the scenes footage.

Click here to watch the video

2016 Cybex British Weight Lifting & Para-Powerlifting Championships brings record-breaking performances and spectator numbers to the Ricoh Arena

The Cybex British Weight Lifting & Para-Powerlifting Championships returned to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry this weekend in what is the biggest domestic competition of the year, where more than 100 lifters battled it out for the coveted title of British Champion in front of the biggest crowd ever recorded at a domestic weightlifting competition.

This year’s competition was also the last chance for the sport’s top athletes to be considered for selection for the Olympic Games, where British Weight Lifting will be sending one male and one female lifter to Rio this summer.

Day one – Saturday 11 June

The competition opened on Saturday morning with the women’s 48kg category, where Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Catrin Jones claimed her first British Senior title – and the first gold medal of the weekend – with a total of 139kg.

There was also a first British Senior title for Fraer Morrow; the 2016 English Championships runner-up lifted a combined total of 8kg more than she had done in January’s competition to win the women’s 53kg.

Attention then turned to the men’s competition, where Kristian McPhee and Cathal Byrd won the 77kg and 85kgcategories respectively. Stars for the Future’s Adam Fedorciow won gold in the men’s 105kg, before Brunel’s Andrew Ruegg won the men’s 105+kg, following three failed attempts in the clean and jerk from rival Darius Jokarzadeh.

The afternoon session saw a packed crowd at the Ricoh Arena, where it was standing room only as European Senior medallist Rebekah Tiler went head-to-head with 2016 English Champion Emily Godley in the women’s 69kg.

Europa’s Godley put on a fantastic display, securing three personal bests with 94kg (snatch), 120kg (clean and jerk) and a total of 214kg; however, it wasn’t enough to beat World Youth medallist Tiler who broke her existing British record in the snatch with a lift of 102kg, before lifting 125kg in the clean and jerk and securing a second British record with a gold medal-winning total of 227kg. British Weight Lifting performance scholarship athlete Grace Lilley – who was discovered through the Golden Chance programme – finished in third place with a total of 170kg.

Next up was the women’s 63kg category, where in a surprise result, Leeds Weightlifting Club’s Steph Owens was crowned British Champion, as category favourite Zoe Smith was forced to withdraw due to an injury sustained in her opening lift. Fellow World Class Programme athlete and u23 European Champion Sarah Davies also failed to secure a total, missing all three clean and jerk lifts in an attempt to achieving the Olympic qualification total of 211kg.

The final category of the day was the men’s 94kg, which saw rivals Sonny Webster and Owen Boxall go head-to-head in what was one of the stand-out battles of the day, with both athletes delivering huge personal best performances to the sold-out auditorium.

Boxall came out first, missing his first two snatches at 148kg; a weight that Webster achieved comfortably in his opening lift. Under pressure with just one chance remaining to stay in the competition, Boxall successfully lifted 150kg in his final lift, just 2kg short of Webster’s best lift of 152kg.

Boxall’s opening clean and jerk lift of 184kg was beaten by Webster’s successful attempt at 185kg; both then achieved their second lifts of 188kg and 190kg respectively, with Webster breaking the current u23 British record.

Boxall was next out in the third and final lift, securing 193kg and an impressive total of 343kg; however, it wasn’t enough to beat Webster who lifted a new British u23 record of 194kg in his third lift to win with a total of 346kg.

Day two – Sunday 12 June

Attention turned to para-powerlifting on the morning of the second day, and in what will be one of the final competitions ahead of the Paralympic Games in September, the event welcomed three Rio 2016 athletes as Natalie Blake and Zoe Newson went head-to-head in the women’s 62kg, before IPC World Champion Ali Jawad bid for his eleventh title in the men’s 72kg category.

London 2012 bronze medallist Newson took first place with 96kg and a AH points total of 107.7 in the women’s 62kg, closely followed by four-time Paralympian Blake with a best lift of 101kg and 97.9 points. Third place went to Katie Cooke.

There were two medals for St Mary’s Powerlifting in the women’s 62kg+, as Carine Tchie and Elizabeth Merrick took gold and bronze respectively; silver went to Alfie Wright.

Ali Jawad won his eleventh British title with a best lift of 180kg in the men’s 72kg, with Suffolk Spartans’ Nathaniel Wilding claiming silver with 158kg and St Mary’s Powerlifting’s Ollie Brown in bronze medal position with 155kg.

In the men’s 72kg+, Brett Leahy won gold with 157kg, with Help for Heroes’ athlete Ross Austen in silver with 143kg. Bronze went to Abdullah Khan with a lift of 132kg.

The afternoon’s session switched back to the weightlifting competition, where multiple British record holder and current English Champion Mercy Brown equalled her own British record in of 104kg in the snatch to win thewomen’s 75kg+ British title with a total of 230kg.

There was a tough battle for the men’s 69kg title between Louis Hampton-Jones and current British and English Champion Chris Freebury, which saw Leeds WLT’s Hampton-Jones win his first British Senior title based on bodyweight, with both athletes achieving totals of 257kg.

There was a surprise result in the men’s 62kg as reigning British Champion and British record holder Gareth Evans failed to score a total, having missed out on three attempts at 120kg snatch; a weight he had to get to be in with a chance of achieving the total required for Olympic qualification. Atlas Weightlifting Club’s Haroon Siraj won this category with a total of 222kg.

In the women’s 58kg category, Shila Panjavi retained her British title with a total of 175kg; second place went to British Weight Lifting Performance Scholarship and former Golden Chance programme athlete Laura Hewitt.ewomen’s 75kg category was won by Louise Webster with a total of 183kg, with Kilmarnock’s Georgia Black finishing in second place with a total of 179kg. The men’s 56kg was won by HAWFC’s Seth Casidsid with a total of 182kg.

Commenting on the weekend’s competition, Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting CEO, said: “The 2016 Cybex British Weight Lifting & Para-Powerlifting Championships were a fantastic showcase for the sport, with packed-out crowds providing a fantastic atmosphere throughout the weekend.

“We’ve worked hard over the last few years to provide our athletes with the best competitive environment possible and in doing so, we aim to bring our domestic competitions in line with the standards experienced internationally to really get the best out of our lifters; this weekend’s competition was no exception, as the Championships delivered yet more British records and outstanding performances, and notably not just from our elite athletes but our up and coming lifters too which was fantastic to see.

“Spectator number rose yet again which is indicative of the growing popularity of the sport and we’ve had fantastic feedback from athletes, coaches and spectators alike; the two days were a fantastic way to lead us into a busy summer of sport as we look forward to cheering on our Olympic and Paralympic representatives in Rio.”

If you missed any of the weekend’s action you can catch up with the live stream ‘on demand’ service and view all results from the competition online.

Mercy Brown equals own British record to win women’s 75kg+ title

There was a packed schedule of lifting this afternoon in what was the final session of the 2016 Cybex British Weight Lifting & Powerlifting Championships at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

In the women’s 75kg+, multiple British record holder and current English Champion Mercy Brown opened with a failed snatch lift of 103kg, before upping the weight to 104kg in what was a successful second lift to equal her current British record set at last year’s European Junior Championships. She then missed her third lift, which was an attempt at 108kg.

Brown then opened the clean and jerk with 126kg, just 3kg short of her own current British senior record; two failed attempts at 135kg followed, resulting in a title-winning total of 230kg, just 1kg short of her current British record.

There was a tough battle for the men’s 69kg title between Louis Hampton-Jones and current British and English Champion Chris Freebury, which saw Freebury edge ahead by 3kg in the snatch with a best lift of 118kg.

Going into the clean and jerk, both opened with 135kg, with Hampton-Jones going 1kg ahead with 140kg in his second attempt. Both lifters then put 142kg on the bar for their third lift, with Hampton-Jones securing a good lift; Freebury’s failed lift handed Leeds WLT’s Hampton-Jones his first British Senior title on bodyweight, with both athletes achieving totals of 257kg.

The battle for third place was equally as close, with Bournemouth University’s Nam Ahmadi just edging ahead of Kilmarnock’s Craig Carfray on bodyweight, with both lifters achieving a total of 251kg.

There was a surprise result in the men’s 62kg as reigning British Champion and British record holder Gareth Evans failed to score a total, having missed out on three attempts at 120kg snatch; Atlas Weightlifting Club’s Haroon Siraj won with a total of 222kg.

In the women’s 58kg category, reigning British Champion Shila Panjavi achieved a best snatch lift of 74kg in her second attempt, before lifting 101kg in the clean and jerk to retain her title with a total of 175kg.

Second place went to Laura Hewitt with a total of 164kg and Jessica Perrin finished in third.

2015 British Championships silver medallist Amber Sheppard and 2016 English Champion Sarah Glanvill failed to secure a total, as both athletes missed all three snatch lifts.

The women’s 75kg category was won by Louise Webster with a total of 183kg, with Kilmarnock’s Georgia Black finishing in second place with a total of 179kg.

The men’s 56kg was won by HAWFC’s Seth Casidsid with a total of 182kg.

The full results from the weekend’s competition will be available on the British Weight Lifting website shortly.

Ali Jawad wins eleventh British Powerlifting title at 2016 Cybex British Championships

Attention turned to the para-powerlifting competition this morning, in what was the second day of the Cybex British Weight Lifting & Para-Powerlifting Championships at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

ParalympicsGB team member and Rio medal hopeful Ali Jawad won his eleventh British title with a best lift of 180kg in the men’s 72kg, with Suffolk Spartans’ Nathaniel Wilding claiming silver with 158kg and St Mary’s Powerlifting’s Ollie Brown in bronze medal position with 155kg.

In the men’s 72kg+, Brett Leahy won gold with 157kg, with Help for Heroes’ athlete Ross Austen in silver with 143kg. Bronze went to Abdullah Khan with a lift of 132kg.

The women’s 62kg category welcomed two ParalympicsGB representatives in four-time Paralympian Natalie Blake and London 2012 bronze medallist Zoe Newson; in what will be one of their final competitions before heading to Rio this summer, Newson took first place with 96kg and a Sinclair points total of 107.7, closely followed by Blake with a best lift of 101kg and 97.9 points. Third place went to Katie Cooke.

There were two medals for St Mary’s Powerlifting in the women’s 62kg+, as Carine Tchie and Elizabeth Merrick took gold and bronze respectively; silver went to Alfie Wright.

This afternoon’s session switches back to the weightlifting competition, with the men’s 56kg, 62kg and 69kg categories, followed by the women’s 75kg, 75kg+ and 58kg categories.

New British records set as Rebekah Tiler and Sonny Webster win British Senior titles

17-year-old Rebekah Tiler broke two British records to win the women’s 69kg category, as the bid for Olympic selection continued in what was an eventful afternoon at the 2016 Cybex British Weight Lifting Championships.

European Senior medallist and UK Sport funded athletes Rebekah Tiler and Emily Godley went head-to-head in the women’s 69kg category; the two last faced off at the English Championships in January, where both athletes achieved a total of 210kg with Godley claiming first place on bodyweight.

Godley was first up, securing 91kg followed by a new personal best of 94kg in the snatch, before missing 97kg on her third lift.

Having missed her opening lift, Tiler went on to secure 98kg before beating her existing British record by 2kg with a snatch of 102kg, putting her in pole position going into the clean and jerk.

Godley opened the next round of lifts with 116kg, followed by 120kg and another personal best; however it wasn’t quite enough to beat European senior medallist Tiler, who achieved 125kg in her second lift before narrowly missing out on beating the British clean and jerk record with a failed attempt at 128kg.

Tiler’s winning total of 227kg was her second British record of the day, whilst Godley finished in second place with 214kg and a third personal best for the Europa Weightlifting Club athlete.

British Weight Lifting performance scholarship athlete Grace Lilley finished in third place with a total of 170kg.

Next up was the women’s 63kg category, where in a surprise result, Leeds Weightlifting Club’s Steph Owens was crowned British Champion, as category favourite Zoe Smith was forced to withdraw due to an injury sustained in her opening lift. Fellow World Class Programme athlete and u23 European Champion Sarah Davies also failed to secure a total, missing all three clean and jerk lifts.

Amy Salt and Olivia Blatch finished second and third respectively.

The final category of the day was the men’s 94kg, which saw rivals Sonny Webster and Owen Boxall go head-to-head in what was guaranteed to be a close fought battle between the two athletes.

Bristol-based Webster opened with 148kg in the snatch; a weight that Boxall missed in his first two lifts before securing 150kg in his third lift. Webster overcame his failed attempt at 152kg in his second lift, achieving the weight in his third attempt, putting him in first place going into the clean and jerk.

Boxall’s opening clean and jerk lift of 184kg was beaten by Webster’s successful attempt at 185kg; both then achieved their second lifts of 188kg and 190kg respectively, with Webster breaking the current u23 British record.

Boxall was next out in the third and final lift, securing 193kg and an impressive total of 343kg; however, it wasn’t enough to beat Webster who lifted a new British u23 record of 194kg in his third lift to win with a total of 346kg.

Tomorrow’s competition turns its attention to the para-powerlifting athletes, with ParalympicsGB team members Ali Jawad, Natalie Blake and Zoe Newson competing in the morning, followed by a return to the weightlifting competition in the afternoon.

Wales’ Catrin Jones wins first British Senior title in opening session of 2016 Cybex British Weight Lifting Championships

The 2016 Cybex British Weight Lifting & Para-Powerlifting Championships returned to the Ricoh Arena this weekend as the nation’s best weightlifters and para-powerlifters battle it out for the title of British Champion.

The morning’s session opened with the women’s 48kg competition, where Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Catrin Jones was bidding for her first British Senior title.

Having missed her first two snatch attempts at 62kg, Jones successfully clearing her third lift at the same weight to put her in first place going into the clean and jerk.

Jones opened with 77kg before missing attempts at 82kg and 83kg, but her opening lift was enough to secure a winning total of 139kg and the British Senior title. Atlas Weightlifting Club’s Kelly-Jo Robson finished in second place with a total of 132kg.

In the women’s 53kg, Fraer Morrow of Danum CrossFit Club secured her first senior title with lifts of 68kg (snatch) and 90kg (clean and jerk) to secure a winning total of 158kg. As runner up at the 2016 Exertrain English Championships, Morrow bettered all three results from January’s competition, lifting 4kg more in both lifts to beat her English Championships’ total by 8kg.

Second place was secured by Bournemouth University’s Noorin Gulam, who recently debuted on the international stage and the European Senior Weightlifting Championships in April.

The men’s competition then followed with the 77kg category, where Brunel’s Kristian McPhee beat Ivan Mihal with a total of 250kg.

The men’s 85kg was won by Cathal Byrd, runner up in the 77kg category last year; Byrd’s snatch of 123kg put him in joint third place going into the clean and jerk, where his best lift of 161kg was enough to secure first place with a total of 284kg. Brunel’s Lewis Ridett narrowly missed out on joint first place, having lifted a total of 283kg and just 1kg less than Byrd.

 The men’s 105kg offered another close-fought battle with both Adam Fedorciow and Jacob Fast tied in first place after the snatch with lifts of 138kg; but it was Fedorciow who came out on top with a clean and jerk of 174kg, 2kg more than Fast, to secure his first British title with a total of 312kg.

 In the men’s 105+kg category, Andrew Ruegg went head-to-head with Wales’ Darius Jokarzadeh. Ruegg’s best snatch lift of 146kg wasn’t enough to contest Jokarzadeh, who opened with 172kg before missing 178kg. However, three failed attempts in the clean and jerk for Jokarzadeh meant Ruegg’s best lift of 176kg was enough to secure him the British title with a total of 322kg.

The competition continues this afternoon with the women’s 63kg and 69kg categories, followed by the men’s 94kg.