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Local IronDawg lifter Moon a bench press champion
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Georgia IronDawg lifter Tim Moon, of Gainesville, won a World United Amateur Powerlifting (WUAP) bench press championship Thursday with a lift of 705.5 pounds at the World Bench Press Championships in Jonesboro. He hit the lift on his third and final attempt to stay in the meet.

"It felt awesome," said the 260-pound Moon. "I think everybody in the room was shocked.

God has made me strong. It’s good to work hard and see the fruits of my labor."

Team US bench captain and Georgia IronDawg R. Garry Glenn, of Oakwood, set a meet personal record in taking the first place medal in the 55-59 age group, 100-kilogram equipped class with a lift of 408.95 pounds at a body weight of around 205. He also broke IronDawg teammate Yan Howah’s WUAP American Continental record.

"I’m almost certain Yan set the record raw and I was lifting equipped," Glenn said. "He’s such a great lifter, it’s an honor to be mentioned in the same breath with him,"

Glenn attempted to better the mark on a fourth lift, but by majority decision was denied 413.36 pounds.

"It’s a judgment call, and I can live with a judgment call," Glenn said. "We had a great day. When you come away with a record, a (personal record) and a first, and the team wins, too, it’s just about the best of all worlds."

For Glenn, it was his fourth overall World Title. He’s also now won in three different weight classes: 82.5 kilograms, 90, and 100.

Glenn also gave a lot of credit to Commerce’s Keith Dean, another IronDawg, for helping Team USA win the title. Dean beat two other competitors to win the master’s men 45-49, 110 kilogram title with his lift of 363.76.

"That was big," Glenn said. "Also, I want to thank our head coach and trainer, Mike Kidd, who really put together the line-up."

Also for Team USA, IronDawg Clermont’s Chris Simpson won the Master Men’s 50-54 year old, 140 kilogram class with a lift of 429.9 pounds. Veteran lifter George Bradley, of Gainesville, had his best outing in a while by winning the Master’s Men’s 67.5 kilogram category with his lift of 110 kilograms. He came close on a World Record lift of 115 kilograms.

Jody Seabolt, of Commerce, lifting raw, won the junior men’s 125-kilogram class and finished third in the open class with his lift of 172.5 kilograms.


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