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Tilman Gallant medals at Masters World Bench Press Championships

SUMMERSIDE – Powerlifter Tilman Gallant, 66, has earned a bronze medal at the Masters World Bench Press Championships of the International Powerlifting Federation, held in Northumberland, Great Britain.

Tilman Gallant, right, earned a bronze medal with a lift of 165kg at the Masters World Bench Press Championships in Northumberland, Great Britain. Bjarne Synstad, of Norway, won gold with a press of 207.5 kg. Russian Nikolay Volkov lifted 175 kg for the silver.

Gallant competed on Friday, in the 83 kg class of the Masters category for 60 to 70-year-old athletes. He has competed in higher classes, but has recently lost 20 pounds of weight for health reasons.

Each lifter is given three attempts, and the judging is strict. That's the way Gallant thinks it should be, and it proved to be in his favour during the contest.

Gallant’s first attempt at 160 kg was close, but he drew two fault lights when he allowed a small dip of the barbell. His closest competitor, a lifter from Britain who attempted 165 kg, also missed his first lift.

Both attempted their second lift, of the same weights, though Gallant was the one to succeed.

Knowing that he was in the running at that point, Gallant challenged 165kg for his third lift to match the possibility of his rival, but failed again. Fortunately, the British lifter tried 175 kg for his third lift, in hopes of challenging the silver and establishing a new Commonwealth record, but he again failed which assured Gallant the bronze.

If I can compete at a high level, compete and have a chance at the top three in the world, I’m going to keep competing. Tilman Gallant, 66, after winning bronze in the Masters World Bench Press Championships

The final result registered Bjarne Synstad of Norway with a 205 kg lift for the gold, Nikolay Volkov of Russia with 175 kg for the silver, and Gallant succeeding at 160 kg for the bronze, ahead of several other lifters.

“It puts me third place in the world, at Masters 3. I’d be satisfied with fourth or fifth in the world, really, but the difference is you are standing on the podium, representing your country,” he expressed.


Obviously, the result is not as important as the effort.

“If I can compete at a high level, compete and have a chance at the top three in the world, I’m going to keep competing," he assured.

Organizations: Power Press, Masters 3

Geographic location: Norway, Britain, Russia Newfoundland and Labrador Denver, Colorado

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