Former Staff Sergeant, Micky Yule was one of the the last GB powerlifters to compete at Rio yesterday, equalling his PB to finish 6th in the 65kg weight category.
Yule stepped up confidently to complete a 180kg lift in his first attempt. This equalled his personal best at this weight class and left him in third place at the end of the first round.
He was unable to make his next lift of 184gk while Paul Kehinde from Nigeria lifted a new Paralympic record of 210kg, leaving Yule in sixth place at the end of the second round.
Despite having missed his second lift of 184kg, in an attempt to move up a place in the final rankings, Yule chose to increase the weight of his third lift to 187kg which he was unable to complete. The result left him in sixth place, just 1kg behind Nikolaos Gkountanis from Greece.
Kehinde took gold with a 218kg lift in the tird round, setting a new world record while Hu Peng from China and to settle for Silver. After the competition the Nigerian lifer was permitted a fourth attempt to try and better the record he had just set, successfully lifting another new world record of 220kg.
Speaking after the competition, Yule said: “That was really hard today – I’ve never pressed more than 180kg in that weight category, so we knew we had to go big to keep up with the leading countries so we went for it. Rio only happens once and I would have regretted it if we hadn’t tried what we did today – but we live and learn, get stronger and move on to the next one.”