Brilliant Bowring is world’s best

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Dean Bowring has powered his way to a world title.

The 39-year-old lifted the World Masters Benchpress crown in Northumberland at the weekend.

And in snatching glory at the 120kg weight category – Bowring set new world records.

Having already posted eight leading lifts at British level and another four in British Masters competitions over the years, the Gosport star headed north determined to carry off the prize.

And he set the tone right from the off – with a first press of 292.5kg putting him firmly in control. His international rivals were well short of Bowring in the second round, too, as he pushed out an impressive 297.5kg.

Then came the icing on the cake. His third-round effort of 305.5kg was 15.5kg more than any other competitor – setting a new world and world masters record in the process.

It was a magical finale which left Finn Jarmo Myller in second and Czech lifter Zbynek Krejca third.