GB squad set 7 records at World Weightlifting Championships

GB squad set 7 records at World Weightlifting Championships

British athletes set 7 new British records at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships which ran from November 1-10 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Commonwealth Games silver medalist Jack Oliver, competing in the Men's 81kg class, delivered for Britain with a 143kg snatch, a 176kg clean and jerk, and a 319kg total. Oliver previously competed at the London 2012 Olympics in the 77kg class, finishing with a 310kg total and placing 10th overall – the best position of any British lifter at the games.

Here he is with some impressive 110kg hang snatches in training.

Owen Boxall in the Men's 102kg class took the next British men's record, with a 148kg snatch, ranking 15th overall at the championships.

Sarah Davies (pictured) brought home the most impressive British women's records with a 123kg clean and jerk and a 217kg total in the women's 69kg class. This is Sarah's 4th time representing GB at the world championships, and she recently took home a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

These world championships were the first of 6 events Sarah needs to compete in to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Unlike other nations, Britain's weightlifting governing body doesn't receive enough funding to sponsor athletes to qualify for the Olympics. So head over to Sarah's crowdfunding page to make sure she can represent team GB in Tokyo.

Finally Zoe Smith, London 2012 Team GB athlete and holder of 4 British clean and jerk records across 3 weight classes, snatched 95kg in the women's 58kg class for a new British women's record.

IMAGE: Sarah Davies/Instagram

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