Chris Morgan was lifting in his first World Championship after recovering from major knee surgery back in April 2016 and took first place in the Masters Category, Unequipped Deadlift (90 kilo bodyweight class), at the competition held in Trutnov, Czech Republic. This is the first time he has competed the Unequipped (Raw) version of powerlifting in his career, as all his previous British and World titles have been in the Equipped version of the sport, using supportive equipment.
The GPC World Championships are over a week long and attract some of the very best lifters from all over the world. There were in total of 624 lifters, 840 entries from 32 nations, making it one the largest and truly global annual Powerlifting events. By winning his class at these World Championships, Chris has now qualified for next year’s European Championships which are happening in May in Sarejevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the World Championships which are happening in September in Eger (Hungary).
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Speaking about the World Championships, Chris Said,
‘I’m absolutely delighted to be back in the Great Britain team and feel honoured to be representing my country at these World Championships. Bringing home a gold medal is a bonus and a complete surprise, because this year has been extremely difficult overcoming serious injury and illness. My aim now is to improve my fitness and strength in preparation for next year’s internationals and hopefully continue to add to my collection of medals and titles’.
Chris Continued …
‘My time away from competition has been used productively with the introduction of the LGBT International Championships and once again I’ll be the meet director for this competition in July 2018. Last year’s inaugural event was a great success with athletes and coaches in attendance from nine different nations. The aim of LGBT IPC is to return Powerlifting to the Gay Games once again in 2022, after it was not included in the Gay Games that are happening in Paris in 2018’.
Speaking about next year’s Gay Games in Paris …
‘I’m still very much looking forward to being in Paris for Gay Games next year and will be supporting both Paris 2018 and the Federation of Gay Games with their “Out Reach” scholarships programme in my role as an Ambassador. The opening ceremony takes place at the Jean Bouin Stadium on Saturday 4th August and the games finish on Sunday 12th August, with a total of 15,000 athletes expected to participate from 70 nations in 36 sports. Registration for all events is now open at www.paris2018.com’.
Picture from 2014