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Weightlifter Chris targeting World Championship place

PUBLISHED: 11:02 10 April 2019

Chris Rix of Sudbury in action at the 2018 World Championships at Bodo in Norway, where he finished fourth Picture: SUBMITTED

Chris Rix of Sudbury in action at the 2018 World Championships at Bodo in Norway, where he finished fourth Picture: SUBMITTED

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Sudbury strongman Chris Rix will have a shot at the world title in his sights when he takes part in the British Strongest Disabled Man Championships.

Chris, aged 33, from Alpheton, hopes to clinch a place at the World Championships in Canada in June with a good performance in the British tournament in Chard, Somerset, on Saturday April 27.

“I’m training really hard for the UK Championships, four or five days a week and two to three hours a day.” said Chris.

Only the winner and runner-up are guaranteed to qualify for Canada.

Chris said: “I’m feeling confident and I’m going there to win it. To get to Canada would be great as it would be my third world championship.”

In winning a place, Chris will be hoping to make up for last year’s disappointment in the 2018 World Championships at Bodo in Norway.

He finished fourth when specialist equipment for one of the five disciplines failed to arrive and he was unable to record a lift, despite setting a personal best seated deadlift of 130kg and just missing out on bronze in category – cerebral palsy, seated.

The five disciplines at Chard are sledge pull, crucifix hold, one arm dumbbell lift, seated deadlift, and Atlas stones.

Chris will travel to Chard on the Friday, compete on the Saturday and travel back afterwards. Sunday is a day of rest before he is back to work on the Monday at Tesco in Sudbury.

He trains at Zest gymnasium in the town and his training is sponsored by Sudbury company TGA. He has also received a donation towards costs of competing from Long Melford’s Project 7.

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