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Three members of the Gainesville-based Georgia IronDawgs powerlifting team won gold medals in the bench-only class Friday at the Global Powerlifting Alliance Raw World Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships in Villa Maria, Argentina.
Leading the way for the Americans was IronDawg Dana Tripp of Grayson. Tripp broke her own world mark on her second lift before breaking it again on her third with a press of 43 kilograms (a little less than 95 pounds) to take the gold medal in the Master’s Women’s 40-44 year-old 52-kilogram/114.64-pound class. Her husband Russ Tripp broke an American record and finished second in the Worlds with his press of 147.5 kilograms/325.18 pounds in the Master’s Men’s 45-49 year old 75-kilogram/165.35-pound class. Winterville’s Andy Williamson also took silver in the Master’s Men’s 45-49 year-old 110-kilogram/242.51-pound classification with a lift of 150 kilograms/330.69 pounds.
Also taking gold were IronDawgs Uwe Thormann of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Oakwood resident R. Garry Glenn. Thormann won gold in the Master’s Men’s 110-kilogram, 55-59 class with a lift of 140 kilograms/308.64 pounds, while Glenn won his sixth world title when he was credited with a lift of 150 kilograms, or a little less than 331 pounds, to take the 2012 GPA Title in the Master’s Men’s 55-59 year-old division, 90-kilogram (198.41 pound) class.
IronDawgs Arial Bulmash of Alpharetta, Svetlana Baker of Bogart and Kyle Scott of Athens also did well.
Baker totaled 253 kilos or 557.76 pounds as she won the Master’s Women’s 55-59 year 52-kilogram/114.64-pound division. That included a new world record squat in the class of 80.5 kilograms or 177.47 pounds. Bulmash set new teen World Marks in the squat, bench, dead lift and total in the 56 kilogram/123.46 pound 16-17 class. Scott totaled 570 kilograms or almost 1,257 pounds.
71-year old Lenna Barker of Fulton, Missouri had a record-setting day in the Master’s Women’s 60-kilogram/132.28-pound class. Barker tied the world mark for the squat (57.5 kilograms/126.76 pounds) while setting new records for the bench press (38/83.77), dead lift (103/227.07) and total (195.5/431).