Weightlifting: Leeds duo prove their weight in gold with titles

WEIGHTY AIMS: Nick Hall, left, and Mark Wager at Featherstone Weighlifting Club.

WEIGHTY AIMS: Nick Hall, left, and Mark Wager at Featherstone Weighlifting Club.

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Two Leeds weightlifters have been crowned national masters champions – with one now targeting world domination in Ukraine in September.

Mark Wager, 46, and Nick Hall, 47, both took gold at the recent British Masters Weightlifting Championships in Hebden Bridge.

For Hall, the victory capped a remarkable return to the sport that he had not competed in for 21 years, but for Wager the success made it five British Championships in a row.

Next up for Wager is the World Masters Championships in Ukraine in which he is aiming to go four places better after a fifth-placed finish last year.

“I’m hoping to win it and I’m hoping to become number one in the world,” he said.

“I’m number two at the moment but I’m hoping to change that.”

Both men were in fine form at the recent British Masters event with Hall winning the 85kg class category with a 75kg snatch and a 115kg clean and jerk.

Wager, meanwhile, had no trouble bringing up his nap hand – lifting the 105kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk.

He also missed two attempts at his 125kg British snatch record and one attempt at the 155kg clean and jerk record, which he also holds.

Wager, who often trains at the sport’s national high-performance centre in Headingley, only wishes that he was a few years younger.

“I train at the national centre with a lot of the ones who are going for the Olympics and I beat most of them most of the time!” he laughed.

“But I’m a bit old for the Olympics now!”

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