Heavy Metal lifters set 8 world records

KINGMAN - Lifters from Kingman's Heavy Metal Gym took on the world at the Amateur Athletic Union Drug Free World Bench Press, Deadlift and Pushpull and International Powerlifting Championships Dec. 5-6 in Laughlin.

The 10 athletes representing Heavy Metal set eight world records in the competition that included men and women in different age and weight divisions. More than 200 lifters competed from countries around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Slovakia, France, the Philippines, Turkmenistan, Finland and the U.S.

Keith Mitchell led Heavy Metal in the 40-44 yearold class. Mitchell set world records in the deadlift at 722 pounds, the bench press at 507, and for the combined total of 1,867. The combined world record was more than 100 pounds more than the previous best. Mitchell was awarded the Best Overall Lifter for the event.

Jerry Homer Sr. set a world record in the 65-69 class for the bench press. Homer lifted 374.8 pounds to earn Best Overall Lifter for ages 60-69, just four days before his 70th birthday.

Dan Davis earned Best Lifter in Open Challenge in the 198-pound class. Davis set a bench press world record with a lift of 402.

Paul Garcia was 13 pounds under the maximum weight allowed for the 308 class and set a world record with a raw 476 bench press. A raw lift is done without the aid of a weight-lifting shirt.

Vickie Brown was Best Lifter in the open challenge 132 class after she bench pressed pushpull 115 pounds and dead-lifted 248 pounds. In pushpull, the squat is not included among the events.

Shari Bauer's bench press, single lift only of 151 pounds earned her a world record and first place in the open challenge 132 class.

Jerry Homer Jr.'s bench press of 404 pounds broke the military retired record. Charlie Jones, who is a unique lifter with a synthetic knee, set the world record in the 50-59 age class in the deadlift when he hoisted an approximate 370 pounds. Jones also bench pressed 309.

Heavy Metal had the future in mind as well. Gerred Curwick and Travis Menter, both 18, competed for the gym. Curwick benched 181 in the 132 class raw, and Menter, in pushpull, benched 253 and dead-lifted 347 to finish in second place.

Heavy Metal Gym is located at 3531 N. Bond St. For more information, call (928) 692-8088.