Cambridge Regional College student Tommy Smith strikes gold at World Para Powerlifting World Cup
Tommy Smith struck gold at the 2021 World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Manchester.
The Cambridge Regional College student was part of a 13-strong Great Britain squad at the behind-closed-doors event.
Competing in the men’s up to 54kg category, Smith hit 125kg on his third lift.
It sealed fourth place overall, with France’s Axel Bourlon taking first place overall with a lift of 157kg.
But Smith’s display saw the 19-year-old earn gold in the junior category.
“I’m so pleased with how it went,” Smith told British Weightlifting.
“I had a few targets in mind so to get three out of three and the target that I want, I’m over the moon.”
On beating his 2020 total by 28kg, he said: “Honestly, looking at the last year it is crazy – where it’s gone, how it’s gone. It’s just about staying consistent and turning up to every training session with the same mentality to train and recover.
“I knew it was going to be tough today, but to walk away with three out of three... Target archived, I’m lost for words. To get the bronze last year in the 49s, then to get the gold this year in the 54s, I’m lost for words to be honest. Such a good reward for quite a difficult year, I think, with there being no competitions.”