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.