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Local lifters win gold
Five powerlifters that live or train in Hall County won gold medals this weekend in the Georgia Games. Pictured, front from left: Garry Glenn, Shawn McDonald, Georgia Bradley. Back, from left: Tyler Brown, Tim Moon. - photo by For The Times

MARIETTA — The outstanding season for Hall County powerlifters continued at the Georgia Games on Saturday as five men based in the county won gold medals at Marietta High.

Leading the way was 17-year-old East Hall rising senior Tyler Brown. Brown, who already owns state, national, and world records in the American Powerlifting Committee meets, set three United State Powerlifting Federation State records for his age and weight class. Lifting in the 308-pound class, Brown, who plays football for the Vikings, totaled more weight (1499.128 pounds) than any other lifter.

“He’s tired, but he had a good day,” said his mom, Kathy Brown.

Brown set USPF State records for the squat (523.5925 pounds), bench press (451.943 pounds) and dead lift (523.5925 pounds). Brown added the Georgia Games Championships in bench press and full power to his State and National APC titles from April and June.

Veteran lifter George Bradley of Gainesville, lifting in the Master’s Men’s 50-54 year-old, 148-pound class weighed in at 135 and benched 225.9715 pounds to win gold in the bench-only class. The win adds the Georgia Games Championship to his State and National APC titles. Bradley, who set a world record at the APC Nationals in Norfolk, Va., last month, was just named APC/IronDawg powerlifter of the month.

Lifting in his first fully judged meet and only his second meet overall, Tim Moon of Gainesville went 3-for-3 in his lifts in taking the Master’s Men’s 40-44 year-old, 242-pound weight class title. Moon entered the Open 242 division, as well as the Master's; so on the day he won two titles and two medals. After weighting in at 235 Friday, Moon finished with a second effort to lock out 440.92 pounds Moon won the North Georgia Bench contest at Gainesville High with 405 back in May.

In his first meet, Shawn McDonald of Bethlehem, who trains at Falcon Parkway Fitness in Flowery Branch, took gold in the Master’s Men’s 40-44 year-old, 181-pound class with a bench press of 308.644 pounds. McDonald weighed in Friday around 175 lbs.

After weighing in at 179.5 pounds, R. Garry Glenn of Oakwood won his fourth bench press title in as many months, taking the gold in the Master’s Men’s 181-pound, 50-54 year-old class. He finished at 330.69 pounds.

“I went for a bodyweight (personal record) on my third lift, and just didn’t have it today,” Glenn said, “but after four meets in four months, I guess I’m tired, too.”

Glenn was named the Master’s Division Best Lifter after earning gold at the APC Nationals in Norfolk last month. He won the State APC title in April, as well as the North Georgia Championship in May. At 54, Glenn is the Dean of the Hall County delegation.

Highlights of the meet, as well as interviews with some of the lifters can be seen Thursday evening at 9 and next Saturday morning at 10 on the Hall County Sports Television Show, which airs on Charter Communications Cable Channel 23.

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