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Written by Mike Turner
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 20:23
NEIL Arnold and Paul Newell will be hoping to be among the medals when they make the short trip to Bournemouth next week for this year’s World Powerlifting Championships.
The Salisbury pair, more accustomed to travelling through Europe or across the Atlantic to take part in the annual championships, will be part of a strong British contingent aiming to make home advantage pay.
The six day event at Bournemouth BIC begins tomorrow (Tuesday) and has attracted more than 300 entries.
Arnold’s 82.5kg category is among the first to be held on the opening day.
The athlete came out of retirement to return to the sport last year, but after great success at the British Championships, just missed out on a medal at the 2008 World event despite recording some personal best performances in Florida.
Arnold told Sport4Salisbury: “The build up has gone to plan and all targets met.”
Arnold has set his heart on breaking the British bench record on a stage he knows well from previous British Championships being held at the Dorset venue.
“A personal best total would be a massive bonus, but bagging a medal would be awesome as I just missed out on one in Florida last year.”
Legendary Salisbury powerlifter Bill West has been assisting with his preparations while Arnold’s physio Andy Cook has helped keep the former European champion’s aches and strains in check.
“Andy has been fantastic at keeping injury at bay and sorting any little niggles I have had during the build up," added Arnold.
“Without him it would be impossible to keep going at this level.”
Arnold, who is now 3kg heavier than he was at the British Championships, says he is in excellent shape ahead of the event but knows competition will be intense.
Newell, who had to settle for silver in Florida last year after coming up against one of the sport’s giants – USA legend Shawn Frankl - competes on Saturday (November 21).
However, after a poor showing earlier this year, he has much to prove after bombing out of this summer's British Championships.
Fortunately, selectors accepted that disappointing performance was merely a blip and showed their faith in him by duly inviting the 31-year-old to take his place in the British team.
Newell, who became a father for the first time earlier this year, competes in the highly competitive 100kg class and remains one of the leading lights of the British team.
He posted a personal best tally of 900kg in Florida to take silver and a similar performance would certainly be welcome at the BIC.
Although champion Frankl will not be making the trip over the Atlantic as his coach is seriously ill, competition will still be as tough as ever.
Emerging Russian star Andrey Belyaev is the current favourite to land gold.
Newell , who has managed to stay relatively injury free ahead of this month's competition, said: "My training has gone well. Neil and I have added some new elements to our training, including some ultra-heavy overload training which has produced some excellent results."
He added that he wished to thank his sponsors Regular Cleaning Services and J&J Longley for their support.
Sky Sports will be filming at the Bournemouth event for a special highlights programme.
Tickets for the championships are available now (£10).
Ring the booking office on 0844 576 3000 for more details.
Events start at 9am each day.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2009 09:24