Southland masters powerlifter Andy Mahon wins medals at International Powerlifting Federation World Championships

New Zealand powerlifter Andy Mahon won a gold medal and two silvers at the 2017 International Powerlifting Federation ...
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New Zealand powerlifter Andy Mahon won a gold medal and two silvers at the 2017 International Powerlifting Federation World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus.

Southland powerlifter Andy Mahon is going from strength-to-strength in the sport of powerlifting.

The Southern Strength Powerlifting Club member picked up a swagger of medals at the 2017 International Powerlifting Federation World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus.

Mahon lifted a lifetime personal best total of 795.5kg, to claim the overall silver medal behind his Ukrainian rival Igor Makovetskyi in the masters 1 category under 105kg section.

Andy Mahon displays the five medals he won at the Asia/Oceania Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships in Christchurch.
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Andy Mahon displays the five medals he won at the Asia/Oceania Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships in Christchurch.

The Invercargill competitor, who is part of the New Zealand team at the event, picked up a gold medal in the deadlift with successful attempts at 290kg, 307.5kg and 312.5kg.

He also won a silver medal in the squats, with efforts of 290kg, 306kg and 315.5kg, breaking the world record with his final two attempts, before Makovetskyi bettered the mark twice to take the gold medal.

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Mahon finished sixth in the bench press section with 155kg,162.5kg and 167.5kg attempts.

The event being held in Minsk includes competitors from 48 countries and runs until Sunday.

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