Britain’s powerlifters are set to return from the Second Powerlifting Cup in Asia with gold and two bronze medals, putting them in a good position ahead of next summer’s Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Natalie Blake (Newark, Notts) turned her fortunes around after a technical fault in her second lift to take bronze in the up to 56kg category,
Elsewhere in the competition Jackie Wagstaff (Radcliffe, Manchester) and Louise Iontton (Illkley, West Yorkshire) placed sixth and fourth respectively in the up to 40kgs class despite Louise suffering from illness during the competition. Julie Salmon (Pontypridd, South Wales) also just missed out on a medal in the up to 52kg category, finishing in fourth place.
GB Powerlifting Head Coach, Jon Amos, said: “We are really pleased with these results; however we can in no way become complacent with two months left before the ranking list closes and just three more opportunities to improve individual paralympic rankings and selection potential before the January 31 deadline.”
The Second Powerlifting Cup was organised by the Malaysian Paralympic Committee and took place from November 29 to December 6, 2007 in Kuala Lumpur. The event is among the last few opportunities for Britain’s powerlifters to put in top performances before the ranking list for Paralympic Games qualification closes on January 31, 2008.