A strongman from Sunderland is on top of the world after winning a major event – and breaking his own world record in the process.
Scott Thompson, 40, won the Master One category at the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation World Single Lift Championships in Telford.
He beat off big competition to win the Under-145kg category, with a winning deadlift lift of 280kg.
It is the equivalent to the weight of almost four average adults, a motorbike or 2,642 Greggs sausage rolls.
Scott, who trains at Fitness 2000 Gym, in Roker Avenue, added the world title to the British title he won earlier this year.
He said: “I’m over the moon to have got the world record, probably even more than winning the world title.
To break my own world record was the icing on the cakeScott Thompson
“Training hadn’t gone perfectly leading up to it, so I didn’t know if I could repeat what I did at the British Championship. It went really well, though, and to break my own world record was the icing on the cake.”
Scott is relatively new to powerlifting, which involves lifting weights in three attempts doing either the bench press, squat, or dead lift. It is the latter which he excels in.
He added: “I started powerlifting two years ago, and sort of fell into it. When I was younger, I threw the hammer for Great Britain and competed for Sunderland Harriers. I went back to the gym to try and get a bit of weight off, and I found that I was still fairly strong, so I decided to give it a go.
“It all progressed pretty quickly from there, and I won my first competition.
“When I started lifting, it had been about 12 years since I had last lifted, but my body just seemed to remember it.”
Scott’s next major goal is the European Championship, which will take place in Trentino, Italy, in September. He will be looking for a hat-trick of titles in 2015, but faces funding challenges prior to the journey to his first overseas competition.
He said: “Hopefully I’ll finish the year with the British, European and World titles. It will be the first time I’ve competed abroad, but I’m looking to do more of that over the next year.
“Powerlifting is all self-funded, so although I’m representing the country, I have to pay for everything myself.
“You have to pay for the membership of the federation, to enter the competitions, for equipment, travel, accommodation, gym and training fees, so it all mounts up.”
Anyone who would be willing to donate to Scott’s cause can visit www.gofundme.com/rc2a7g8g