Bronwin Carter overcame injury and a computer malfunction to register yet another world title at the World Masters Weightlifting Championship.
Carter made it 13 world crowns with victory in the over-60 female 75kg weight category at the event in Limassol, Cyprus – regaining the title she missed out on last year.
But she had to contend with an extended event, which put her durability to the test, after a computer failure threatened to wreck the competition.
Carter said: ‘It didn’t help when the whole computer system went down because that delayed everything. It was halfway through the first lifting but it got a bit confusing when they thought I was the German girl!
‘It took a long time to get through the competition.
‘I ended up lifting at about 9pm and my body clock had wound down by then.
‘It was quite comfortable in the end but I could have lifted a bit more.’
The Lovedean-based lifter, who has also just become City of Portsmouth Athletics Club’s ladies’ team manager for the National Women’s League, totalled a 97kg winning total after lifting 41kg in the snatch and 56kg in the clean and jerk.
And after battling to overcome a neck injury, it was a fine performance to claim a 10kg winning margin.
She said: ‘I won but I didn’t do the good total I was hoping for.
‘I only did 97kg and I wanted to go over 100kg. The snatch was always going to he hard for me because of my neck injury.
‘I lifted 41kg on that and then lifted 56kg on the clean and jerk but this win means a lot more to me because I didn’t win last year.
‘I beat all my main rivals.’
Carter will be looking to defend her title in Ukraine next year and has shelved her plans to scale back her weightlifting.
The 60-year-old said: ‘I was going to pack up but if my neck gets sorted out, I could lift some more.
‘I don’t know how long I can go on for.
‘I enjoy it and I still get nervous, so when that goes, then that’s probably the time to pack up.
‘If I can go on, then I will. But the older you get, you have to look after your body a bit more to stay supple and flexible.’