Greymouth powerlifters set records


Greymouth powerlifters Sam Coleman and Steve Barnes set New Zealand records at the South Island Championships, in Christchurch, on Saturday.
Trainer John Walton said the efforts of the duo, and other lifters from Greymouth — James Mathieson, Matthew Blanchfield and Grant King —augur well for the New Zealand Championships, at Wellington
in August, and the Common-wealth and Oceania Championships, at Auckland in December.
Coleman, finishing first overall in the open 93kg class, lifted 230kg in the squat, bench-pressed 185kg and set an New Zealand record of 275.5kg in the deadlift.
Barnes, in the masters II section 83kg class, lifted 195kg in the squat, bench-pressed 135kg, set a new New Zealand deadlift record of of 225kg and set a new overall points record in his class.
Mathieson was second in the open 12kg grade with lifts of 220kg (squat), 120kg (benchpress) and 220kg (deadlift), while Blanchfield was first in the sub-junior 83kg class lifts of 150kg (squat), 92.5kg (benchpress) and 170kg.
King won the masters I grade lifting 192.5kg (squat), 125kg (benchpress) and 220kg (deadlift).