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Lucas wins bronze medal in World Powerlifting Championship

Coleg Menai student Lucas Williams is the reigning British champion and made the podium in his first global competition in Romania

Lucas Williams claimed bronze in the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships in Cluj-napoca, Romania.

The 18-year-old from Holyhead finished third in the under-83kg sub-junior category, among 21 athletes from all over the world.

Lucas, who studies Level 2 welding at Coleg Menai’s Llangefni campus, qualified for the World Championship by winning the British sub-junior (under-18) title in April this year.

The competition in Romania was just his third since he started powerlifting 18 months ago, and he is now targeting more success in 2024, when he will step up to junior level (age 18-23).

Lucas said: “It was good fun. Now I’m aiming for next year’s British Championship at junior level, and hopefully I can qualify for the World Championships again.”

Powerlifting comprises three lifts - the squat, bench and deadlift - as opposed to Olympic weightlifting, which consists of the snatch and the clean-and-jerk.

In Romania, Lucas lifted 242.5kg in the squat, 147.5kg in the bench and 280.5kg in the deadlift, to finish third behind Scanlon Thomas of New Zealand, and Tyler Joseph of the USA.

He trains with his powerlifting coach four times a week, and also practises MMA in his spare time to keep fit.