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Newark powerlifter James Brincat-Smith wins bronze at the 2019 Masters Championships in Romania

PERSONAL bests were beaten by a Newark strongman.

Newark powerlifter James Brincat-Smith competed with Team GB in the European Powerlifting Federations 2019 Masters Championships in Sibiu, Romania, on Sunday, his sixth appearance on the international powerlifting stage.

Having just returned from the World Bench Press Championships in Japan, Brincut-Smith had a quick turn around to get ready for this competition, as ever under the guidance of Marc Giles, of Horncastle Powerlifting Club.

James Brincut-Smith competing in Romania (13638018)
James Brincut-Smith competing in Romania (13638018)

Brincat-Smith said: “Being in Eastern Europe, we knew it would be a tough fight to get any placing as we knew there would be some big hitters this year.”

The team opened the campaign with a 345kg squat, the highest opening squat of the competition.

Brincat-Smith’s second attempt of 355kg was disallowed by the referees, but he secured it on a third attempt, taking the team into the bench press in second place, benching 232.5kg.

The deadlift was opened with a 230kg, which then went to 250kg and finally 272.5kg for the final deadlift, which was disallowed, but an 837.5kg total was enough to put Brincat-Smith on the podium in bronze medal position.

He even charted a 62.5kg personal best and finished a place higher from last years competition.

Brincat-Smith said: “I say we have come away European number three, because even though I am on that platform alone, it takes a big team effort to put me there.

“Thank you to my lovely fiancee, Julie, for all her support, my local sponsors, Just Beer Micropub and GH Porters Provisions, the British Team and every one who inspires me to achieve.”

Brincat-Smith is now back home training for the Western European Championships in Milan in September.

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