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Loganathan sets two National records

V. Loganathan of Indian Railways, who set two National records in the 29th senior National powerlifting championship in Mangalore on Tuesday.

V. Loganathan of Indian Railways, who set two National records in the 29th senior National powerlifting championship in Mangalore on Tuesday.  

MANGALORE AUG. 26. V. Loganathan of Indian Railways set two new national records in the 56-kg category at the 29th men's senior National powerlifting championships, competitions for which got underway at the Town Hall here on Tuesday.

Sidelined in the previous edition due to a back injury, Loganathan bettered his own records in squat and overall total. In squat, his effort of 250.5 kg bettered his own record of 250 kg set at Jamshedpur. With efforts of 122.5-kg in bench press and 247.5-kg in dead lift, his overall combined total of 620-kg was yet another record in overall total. Loganathan, an Asian gold medallist and six-time champion in this category, beat his own record of 610-kg set at Jamshedpur in 2001.

Shoby P.J of Kerala with 567.5-kg (215-kg in squat, 135-kg in bench press and 217.5-kg in dead lift) edged out Mahesh Pedamkar of Delhi with 567.5-kg (217.5+120+130) to finish second on body weight. Mahesh finished third.

In the inter-state category classification, Shoby finished first, followed by Mahesh and M. Nagappan of Tamil Nadu (217.5+105+230; 552.5-kg).

In the 52-kg category, P. Suresh of Kerala set a new National record in the bench press division. Suresh bettered his own record of 122.5-kg set at Patiala with a lift of 130-kg. Suresh finished first in the category with a total of 547.5-kg with efforts of 217.5-kg in squat and 200-kg in dead lift. Suresh also finished first in the inter-State placement as well.

K.V. Swamy of Tamil Nadu finished second with an effort of 537.5-kg (202.5-kg+95-kg+240-kg) followed by Prakash Garje of Indian Railways who totalled 517.5-kg (210-kg+102.5-kg+205-kg). Swamy finished second in the inter-State placement and S. Thopre of Maharashtra, who finished fourth overall was placed third with a total of 502.5-kg (197.5-kg+102.5-kg+202.5-kg).

In women's 44-kg category, Pushpamma Joseph of Kerala took the honours with a total of 307.5-kg including efforts of 115-kg in squat, 60-kg in bench press and 132.5-kg in deadlift. She was followed by M. Roopa from Karnataka whose total effort was 292.5-kg (122.5-kg+50-kg+120-kg). Sudha K. (Bihar) finished third with total of 280-kg (112.5-kg+55-kg+112.5-kg). No records were set in this category.

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