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.