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Records broken in the powerlifting Finnish Championships
17.01.2015

Photo: Seppo Joensuu
Photo: Seppo Joensuu


Many satisfied lifters were seen in the physically disabled powerlifting Finnish Championship in Pajulahti. Finnish national records were broken in almost every class.

There was an unusual ending to a battle between two lifters in menís 80 kg class as experienced Seppo Joensuu won gold medal with a result of 162 kg but Harri Kauppila lifted a Finnish national record with a result of 164 kg that came with his fourth attempt outside the competition.

Joensuu and Kauppila both lifted 162 kg in the official competition but Joensuu came top because he was couple of kilos lighter than Kauppila. With their fourth attempts Kauppila managed to lift 164 kg whereas Joensuu failed with 165 kg.

- I have so many Championships already that I prefer getting the record, said Kauppila.

And when Joensuu told he prefers gold medal over national record both lifters were happy.

- Of course I would have liked to have both, Joensuu said.

Joensuu is a former Paralympics cross country skier who nowadays competes in powerlifting and ice sledge hockey. Joensuu plays sledge hockey in the Finnish national team which plays qualification matches against Austria in the end of the month trying to get a place for the B level World Championships played in Sweden on March.

- We met Austria recently and played a 0-0-draw. We must do very well to go through to the Championships, Joensuu said.
 

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