Masterful Marina lifts British title

Marina Cornwall. Picture: Malcolm Wells (1326-3123)
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Marina Cornwall is in seventh heaven after her record-breaking British Masters Powerlifting Championship display.

The Fitness First Fratton personal trainer clinched first place at the national event in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, last month.

She broke seven British records by recording a 115kg dead lift, 51kg bench press and 80kg squat.

It is an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact Cornwall, who only took up powerlifting two years ago, was told by a consultant in 2006 to retire from sport altogether after suffering torn muscles in her shoulder.

Cornwall said: ‘It was phenomenal in one competition to have broken so many records. I am over the moon.

‘I lifted a personal best on the bench of 51kg, which is actually more than my own bodyweight of 44kg.

‘I’ve got a torn rotator cuff, so it’s almost like I’ve only got three muscles firing up on the shoulders, which is even more remarkable, really.

‘My shoulder consultant can’t believe what I have managed to achieve with a torn shoulder!

‘When I first did it eight years ago, I saw a different consultant who told me it was the end of my career.

‘If I’d listened to him I would’ve given up all sport, including my bodybuilding, and I certainly wouldn’t have taken up powerlifting! Eight years later I haven’t had it repaired and I’m still winning and achieving.

‘And with those seven records, I have broken 14 British records, having only taken up powerlifting two years ago.’

Cornwall’s incredible rise within the sport now means she will travel to next month’s Classic World Powerlifting Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa, with real hopes of coming home a world champion.

The Fratton lifter will go head-to-head in a straight duel with American Susan Elywn for the right to be considered the best on the planet in the Masters III under-47kg category.

‘There is only one other female who is in my category in South Africa, so I know who I’m going to be up against,’ said Cornwall.

‘It’s going to be quite close between us.

‘The competition consists of three lifts – squat, bench press and dead lift.

‘I am stronger than her on the bench press and dead lift but she is stronger than me in the squat.

‘If I play my cards right, though, I should bring home the gold medal – that’s my plan!’

Cornwall could then complete a dream year by defending her European Masters crown in Pilsen, Czech Republic, in July.

She added: ‘I hope to retain my title in the European Masters.

‘There is an exciting year ahead for me.’