IPF World Equipped Benchpress Championship 2017

IPF World Equipped Benchpress Championship 2017

With the support from CSSC, Ian Ryan, was able to compete at the World Championship. Read about his experience below.

-120kg

1.

Kompelien Olav

1972

NOR

118,30

0,5769

19

302,5

302,5

307,5

302,5

174,51

12

2.

Krejca Zbynek

1974

CZE

119,65

0,5753

18

300,0

305,0

305,0

300,0

172,59

9

3.

Gill Ryan

1976

USA

117,95

0,5773

20

265,0

277,5

282,5

282,5

163,09

8

4.

Duval Charles

1972

FRA

119,20

0,5758

23

280,0

290,0

300,0

280,0

161,22

7

5.

Zimmermann Wolfgang

1968

GER

116,15

0,5795

14

265,0

270,0

280,0

270,0

156,47

6

6.

Dziudzik Robert

1977

POL

119,30

0,5757

15

270,0

270,0

287,5

270,0

155,44

5

7.

Cserna Janos

1968

HUN

117,70

0,5776

24

250,0

275,0

280,0

250,0

144,40

4

8.

Nakamura Toshio

1970

JPN

111,70

0,5858

17

205,0

217,5

280,0

217,5

127,41

3

9.

Mattila Kaj

1970

FIN

114,35

0,5819

21

210,0

225,0

230,0

210,0

122,20

2

10.

Ryan Ian

1974

GBR

117,95

0,5773

16

185,0

195,0

200,0

200,0

115,46

1

 

The International Powerlifting Federation World Equipped Benchpress Championship was this year in Lithuania on May, 22 to 27 2017.

I qualified for the Team GB squad after winning my national championship this year in January. I compete as a Masters 1 (40-49 years of age) -120kg (105.1kg-199.9kg) lifter.

With support from the CSSC I was able to compete on an international level and make the top ten at the World Championship. I had set myself several goals and top ten was one of the more wishful.

I opened the lifting for my class with a successful lift, no lifts means no score as one of the Finnish medal contenders was to find out. The rest of the flight followed and the majority of lifters got that all important first lift in. Failure in the first lift just adds the pressure for your second. In benchpress, opposed to full power (squat, benchpress and deadlift) it is about your best lift rather than trying to build a grand total and the Scandinavian countries had come to win. Both Norway and Finland opened with over 300kg lifts.

Second lift of the three and again Finland were in trouble failing 302.5kg, which would have tied for gold at that point with Norway. My second was a little scruffy, I took the hand off without problem and touched quickly. On the press command I started to press towards my feet which could easily have turned nasty as once you lose the line in a bench shirt it takes a lot to pull it back. I manage to straighten the line and press to lock out without binning the lift, and set a personal best of 195kg.

For the third and final lift I had a chat with the team coaches about what I had done wrong on my last lift, we adjusted the shirt and mentally I corrected my technique to get my bar path right. I went out for the lift, took the hand off and made the best press I think I’ve ever made in a shirt. 200kg flew up off my chest and felt a better lift than my opener (as a couple of the coaches commented afterwards). Again another PB, another good lift and after the Finnish lifter went all or bust for the win with 305kg and failed his 3rd lift I found myself making the top ten and earing the national team overall points in the standings.

Nation (points)

1. 

Japan

54

  [12+12+12+9+9]   756,81 w.pts.

2. 

France

50

  [12+12+9+9+8]   783,69 w.pts.

3. 

Poland

47

  [12+12+9+7+7]   733,08 w.pts.

4. 

U.S.America

37

  [8+8+8+7+6]   717,53 w.pts.

5. 

Czechia

23

  [9+8+6]   449,17 w.pts.

6. 

Germany

21

  [8+6+4+3]   553,94 w.pts.

7. 

Finland

21

  [8+5+4+2+2]   547,90 w.pts.

8. 

Norway

12

  [12]   174,51 w.pts.

9. 

Mongolia

9

  [9]   171,10 w.pts.

10. 

Austria

8

  [8]   160,27 w.pts.

11. 

Great Britain

8

  [7+1]   265,06 w.pts.

12. 

Lithuania

5

  [5]   134,19 w.pts.

13. 

Hungary

4

  [4]   144,40 w.pts.

14. 

Sweden

4

  [4]   130,56 w.pts.

15. 

Canada

1

  [1]   69,66 w.pts.

 

That put Team GB into 11th in our M1 class over all body weights and left me with a PB as I start my prep for the European Masters Championship in July 2017.

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