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Dorje Weston Strikes Gold for Great Britain at World Junior Powerlifting Championships

Tyler Sellers
Published by Tyler Sellers | Senior Coach
Last updated: September 4, 2023

In a show of sheer grit and determination, Dorje Weston, a 16-year-old powerlifting prodigy from Great Britain, clinched gold at the IPF World Junior Powerlifting Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Despite nursing a back injury, Weston’s stellar performance was nothing short of a triumph over adversity.

Dorje Weston holding gold medal
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Weston, fresh off his GCSE success, didn’t let his back injury hold him back. Instead, he innovated, adopting new lifting techniques to safeguard his back.

He kicked off with a squat of 182.5kg, setting the tone for what was to come.

The young powerhouse then unleashed a record-breaking bench press, securing his gold medal.

A solid deadlift of 190kg rounded off his performance, landing him ninth in the overall standings.

Weston’s family expressed their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who rallied behind the young athlete, with special mentions to EJ Gilbert’s and HB9 – The Harry Bennett Foundation for their support.

With this victory under his belt, Weston is now setting his sights on the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, slated for October. His journey is a testament to the power of resilience and determination, inspiring a new generation of strength athletes.

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