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Powering to the top.

Byline: Neil Jones

TWO Liverpool powerlifters are celebrating after earning success at the British finals.

Ian King, 62, from Aigburth, and 51-year-old Brian Shields, from Huyton, impressed at the BDFPA finals in Stafford last weekend. Both will now represent Great Britain at the World Powerlifting finals in Belgium in June.

Sefton Park-based King competed in both the 75kg class and over 60s, winning his class and breaking his personal record by 5kg, with 160kg in the Deadlift. He came second overall in his class.

Shields competed in the 82.5kg class and over 50s, winning his class with a personal best of 222.5kg in the Deadlift. He came fourth overall in a tough and competitive class against much younger men, most of whom were from the 25-49 category.

Both will now head to Antwerp later this year for the World finals. Both competed at the European championships last year, performing admirably in their respective classes.

"We''re looking forward to it," said King, who will turn 63 in June. "Obviously the pressure is on between now and then to secure finances and the like - powerlifting is an amateur sport.

"But we''re both aiming to do well. It''s a big deal for powerlifters, and both myself and Brian want to take it to the next level."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2013
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