SALISBURY powerlifters Neil Arnold and Paul Newell returned from the World Powerlifting Championships in Finland buoyant after producing some confident performances.
Arnold retained his world title, won last year at Bournemouth.
Due to injury, Newell competed only in the open bench lift specialist section, but a personal best 220kg gave him fourth place and justified his trip to Mikkeli for the event.
Newell had ruptured his crucia ligament on the eve of the competition and will now undergo surgery in January.
Arnold, competing in the Masters 82.5kg class, suffered a pinched nerve during his squat so had to settle for just 260kg.
Although he made a slow start in the bench press, his third round attempt proved his best.
World champion in 2010, Arnold enjoyed his best deadlift for some time, locking 235kg.
"I felt there was definitely ten or 15kg more in the tank," said the Salisbury powerlifter, who was mightily impressed by the Finnish event.
"It was a great trip - the most professional competition we have been to. We wanted for nothing all the time we were there."
Arnold plans to continue competing and is confident once some niggles are ironed out, he will be in contention again.
"I enjoyed it no end and plan to compete as my strength is up. I just need to sort out a few connecting issues."