Principal Correspondent

KOLLAM: P. Suresh of Railways came with a big reputation as the strongman of India and he did justice to that by setting two National records in the 56kg category on the opening day of the Senior National powerlifting championships at the Bharatha Rajni Parish hall here on Saturday.

Suresh coolly squatted 260kg to break Loganathan’s old mark of 250.

In fact, Suresh left the field far behind when he opened with 245kg in squat. In his second attempt (252.5 kg) he broke Loganathan’s old mark and in his third set the mark still higher.

Suresh erased Vinod Kumar Patra’s old mark (146kg) in bench press by lifting 150 kg in his third attempt.

After opening with 145kg, the Kozhikode-based lifter failed in his attempt to clear 150kg in his first try.

But Suresh who had done 170kg in training wasn’t happy with his effort.

The Railway TC was in contention for the National record in total lift but he could only lift a modest 205kg in dead lift.

Suresh’s attempts to lift 215kg and 212.5kg ended in failures.

“I was aiming to do 640kg here. I had done 638kg in inter-Railway competition. I am a bit disappointed that I fell 20kg short in bench press. It was playing in my mind,” he said.

The result: 56kg: 1. P.Suresh Kumar 615kg (260kg squat, 150kg bench press, 205kg dead lift); 2. S.Vimal Raj (BSNL) 595kg (250kg, 125kg, 220kg). 3. Jai Ganesh Mani (TN) 562.5kg (230kg, 107.5kg, 225kg).

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