Ben was up against stiff competition today as there were 4 others in his group of under 18 years and under 66kg bodyweight, but not only this those competing against Ben were all lifting with equipment while Ben had chosen to lift without any which puts him at a significant disadvantage. Despite this and the fact that Ben didn’t have a good day by his now high standards he managed to place 2nd in the competition. He finished on a squat of 145kg a bench press of 100kg and a deadlift of 177.5kg giving him a final total of 422.5kg which matched his performance at the Commonwealth Championships.
Ben said he was disappointed not to have performed well as he knew that he was capable of much more but he has learnt from the experience and won’t make the same mistakes again in the future. The fact that Ben was now disappointed with a total that was a personal best just 3 months ago shows how quickly he is progressing and the high standards he sets for himself.