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Harrison Bryan powers to another world record

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A Black Country powerlifter has broken his second world record – at the age of 17.

Harrison Bryan

Harrison Bryan set a new global standard in the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF) for 16 and 17-year-olds in the under-82 kilogram class.

The teenager performed an equipped squat of 200.5kg to win the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association (BDFPA) Championship in Bedfordshire.

“He was overjoyed,” said dad Jon. “It was the last chance he had to get it because he turns 18 this month and goes up a category. When he got the white lights (to signify it was a clean lift), he was jumping up and down.”

The Halesowen teenager’s lift of more than 440lb was the second time he has broken a world record in the past 12 months, having set an equipped squat record of 180kg in the under-75kg class for 16 and 17-year-olds. The 2018 European champion also holds three British records.

On top of his two in the equipped squat, he also set an equipped bench press British record of 85kg for 15 and 16-year-olds in the under-75kg class back in 2017.

So just what is it like to be the father of someone so powerful?

“I went down to congratulate him,” said Jon. “He gave me a high five and nearly knocked my arm off!”

Powerlifting is not in the Olympics as it stands, but Harrison – who attends Windsor High School – passion should open doors for him – he will be going to university this autumn with the prospect of a career as a strength and conditioning coach in professional sport.

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