Brooks sets bar high after another British brace

Dave Brooks
Dave Brooks
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Portchester powerlifter Dave Brooks took his tally to 22 national titles with a double success in the British Benchpress Championships in Lincolnshire.

Competing in the 120kg division of the masters three category, which incorporates an age range of 60 to 69, Brooks lifted 177.5kg in the equipped benchpress and 142.5kg in the unequipped to claim his crown.

Despite his success, however, Brooks felt he could have performed better at the event in Horncastle.

‘I would have liked to have done a bit more, really,’ he said.

‘I did attempt bigger lifts but just missed them.

‘I had some surgery on my shoulder in 2013 and it just stops me from locking out at the very top on the heaviest ones but so near.’

Brooks holds the British record of 192kg for his category.

However, he remains bullish he can go higher at the European Masters Equipped Benchpress Championships, which take place in the Danish town of Rodby between April 19-24.

He added: ‘The ambition in Denmark would be to medal.’

Brook’s success in the unequipped category also earned him an invitation to the Unequipped World Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

But he is unlikely to participate because of the expense of the trip.

He has no plans to stop lifting, though, and has now set his sights on achieving a 25th British title.

Brooks said: ‘I have now won 22 British titles.

‘I think 25 would be a nice number but when I get to 25, I’ll probably think 30 is a nice number!’

Brooks is not worried about age and injury slowing him down, either.

He said: ‘It’s all in the mind. You get injured but that’s part of any sport.

‘It’s whether you can come back after the injuries.’

Brooks’ 22 titles have come over 30 years of powerlifting.

He formerly competed in both the squat and deadlift but injuries have restricted him to just benchpressing in his most recent events.