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Hall County powerlifter wins national bench press titles
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Hall County powerlifter Tim Moon attempts a 343-kilogram (756.18 pounds) bench press during the United States Bench Press and Powerlifting National Championships on Sunday in Peoria, Ill. - photo by For The Times

Hall County powerlifter Tim Moon took first place in the 44-49 Master’s Men’s and Open classes of the bench press with a record lift of 756.18 pounds at the World United Amateur Powerlifting’s United States Bench Press and Powerlifting National Championships on Sunday in Peoria, Ill.

Moon, 49, successfully completed the lift on his third and final attempt. He now owns the age group and Open world records in the 125-kilogram (275.56 pounds) weight class.

“It was a good feeling to beat the world mark at my age and weight class, but to beat the Open record feels great — to beat the young guys’ mark,” Moon said. “It was a great meet and good to see some competitors I haven’t seen in a while.”

Moon had initially planned to attempt 800 pounds if he lifted 756 pounds, but opted not to try it. He received Best Lifter honors for his record bench press.

Moon is a member of the Gainesville-based Georgia IronDawgs powerlifting team. He will rejoin the team for the American Powerlifting Committee Nationals on June 21-23 in Athens.

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