News Archive, Tag: Weightlifting

Rio 2016: Weightlifter Sonny Webster’s hat trick adds to “incredible” experience on Olympic debut

14 August 2016

Weightlifter Sonny Webster said competing at Rio 2016 had been “the most amazing experience” of his life after the University of Bath graduate made his Olympic debut on Saturday. And he also claimed an unusual record, becoming the first Olympic weightlifter to compete wearing a hat as he lifted 148kg in the snatch and 185kg in the clean and jerk for 333kg overall to finish sixth in Group B of the men’s 94kg competition. “That...

Sonny Webster in action at the 2015 IWF World Weight Lifting Championships. MUST CREDIT: British Weight Lifting

Graduation one day, Rio 2016 selection the next for weightlifter Sonny Webster

29 June 2016

Weightlifter Sonny Webster has today been selected by Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games - just 24 hours after graduating from the University of Bath. Webster, who completed his three-year Sports Performance course this summer, will make his Olympic debut in the men’s 94kg division after being crowned as British Champion in that weight category earlier this month. The 22-year-old is one of only two weightlifters in the Team GB squad and will be joined in Rio by Rebekah...

Bob Smith (left) and Luke Vella (right) are both raising money for The Grand Appeal in 2016

World-record attempt at STV this week as S&C coach takes on charity weightlifting challenge

25 April 2016

A strength & conditioning coach at the University of Bath will attempt to break a world record at the Sports Training Village this week to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital, after it helped save the life of his friend’s baby daughter. Luke Vella is hoping to break the world record for the heaviest weight deadlifted in 60 seconds. The current record stands at 5,520kg, which Luke hopes to beat with a lift of 5,600kg. To achieve...

Jazz Carlin and Zoe Smith have been shortlisted for Sky Sports News Sportswoman of the Month for November 2015

Vote Jazz Carlin and Zoe Smith for Sky Sports News Sportswoman of the Month

02 December 2015

Two University of Bath-based athletes have been shortlisted for the Sky Sports News Sportswoman of the Month award for November. Jazz Carlin, who trains with the British Swimming National Centre at the Sports Training Village, is in the running after winning five FINA/airweave World Cup medals. The World Championship bronze-medallist, who is coached by Dave McNulty and Graeme Antwhistle, is one of four Bath swimmers currently competing with Great Britain at the LEN European Short-Course Championships...

Sonny Webster in action at the 2015 IWF World Weight Lifting Championships. MUST CREDIT: British Weight Lifting

Hat-trick of personal bests for weightlifter Sonny Webster at World Championships

01 December 2015

University of Bath student Sonny Webster concluded an excellent year of competition by recording three personal bests at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships in the United States. The 21-year-old, who studies Sports Performance, competed in the men’s 94k C group in Houston and started in confident fashion by achieving a best-ever snatch lift of 151kg. He then set a new PB of 188kg with his third and final lift in the clean and jerk to...

Zoe Smith wins gold at Glasgow 2014 (photo: Alasatir Grant/AP/Press Association Images)

Two British records at World Championships boost weightlifter Zoe Smith’s Rio 2016 hopes

26 November 2015

Weightlifter Zoe Smith broke two British records as she boosted her chances of competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by securing a top-ten finish at the IWF World Championships in the United States. Commonwealth champion Smith, who does some of her training at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, lifted an overall total of 221kg – the most ever by a British woman in the -63kg weight category – as she placed ninth. The...

Zoe Smith wins gold at Glasgow 2014 (photo: Alasatir Grant/AP/Press Association Images)

Weightlifters Zoe Smith and Sonny Webster selected for IWF World Championships

06 October 2015

Commonwealth champion Zoe Smith and University of Bath student Sonny Webster have been named in a nine-strong British Weight Lifting team for next month’s IWF World Championships in the United States. Smith, who won under-58kg gold at Glasgow 2014 and also competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games, does some of her training at the Sports Training Village. “It’s the first time in nearly 30 years the Championships have taken place in the USA so...

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