Paul and Jo on top of World

10:00am Wednesday 14th November 2012

Pembrokeshire's Paul Murphy is on top of the world again after adding to his list of prestigious titles at the World Powerlifting Championships in Aldershot earlier this month.

Murphy won the overall powerlift and single deadlift titles in his category.

However this time, he shared the limelight with one of his pupils as Jo Mansell, who only began training with Murphy in March, also won a single deadlift World title.

Murphy, who was competing in the 90 kilogram weight category for those aged 40 and over, secured his eleventh and twelfth World crowns in spectacular style.

He won the combined powerlift event with a squat of 310 kilograms, a bench press of 170 kilograms, and a deadlift of 312.5 kilograms, giving him a new British, European and World record total of 792.5 kilograms.

This year, the single lift events were combined with the overall event. Therefore, Murphy’s performance in the deadlift not only secured him that title but also set another World record, shattering the previous best of 300 kilograms.

He now has an amazing career total of 16 World records.

Mansell meanwhile, capped off a spectacular year in style.

In May she became Welsh champion in the overall powerlift and single deadlift events, before also winning the deadlift category in the Welsh Power Cup.

In September, she won the UK Championships in the same category and qualified for the British team.

But now, the former Milford Haven pupil is World single deadlift champion after lifting 132.5 kilograms in the 60 kilogram category for those aged 40 and over.

“She is brave, talented and determined,” said Murphy.

“She has the potential to push on now. I believe she can retain her World title in Chicago next year and break some World records along the way.”

Murphy himself, confirmed he too was aiming to compete in Chicago and reiterated his desire to reach 15 World titles.

“I have no plans to retire yet,” said the Carew man, who trains at the gym in Sir Thomas Picton.

“As long as my health allows me to I’ll keep going.”

Murphy’s career honours (from 1995- 2012): Seven times Welsh Powerlifting champion; Celtic Games champion; 12 times British champion; Eight times European champion; 12 timed World champion; Nine British records; Eight European records; 16 World records; Ranked number one as the best pound for pound deadlifter in Great Britain for 2012, and number two in the World.

Jo Mansell’s great year: Welsh Power Cup champion 2012; Welsh Powerlifting champion 2012; Welsh Deadlift champion 2012; UK Deadlift champion 2012; World Deadlift champion 2012; Five Welsh records.

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