Powerlifter wins 4 gold medals at Gay Games
Troy Espera | July 24, 2006
CHICAGO — The current reigning World Drug Free Powerlifting champion, won four gold medals this week at Gay Games in Chicago, dominating competitions such as Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift and breaking seven Gay Games records in the process.
British strongman Chris Morgan competed in the Gay Games Powerlifting Championship and completed lifts of 496 pounds in Squat, 220 pounds in Bench Press and 551 pounds in Deadlift for a total of 1,268 pounds. His bodyweight is 164 pounds.
"The Gay Games powerlifting competition is only held once every four years, so it was a very special feeling competing alongside other Gay power lifters once again,” Morgan said in a media statement issued this week. “I'm pleased to have performed close to my own personal best, in what were testing conditions in Chicago this week. I'm very proud to have earned a total of four Gold medals and to have broken seven Gay Games records.”
On being gay in the powerlifting world, Morgan says, "I never had any fears of being open in powerlifting. I decided from the start that I would wear my heart on my sleeve – there was no second option. I was a product of Gay Games and VERY proud of that.”
As the week’s events come to a close this Saturday, Morgan reflects on his week of competing in The Windy City and says he looks forward to his upcoming competition at the World Championships in November.
“This weeks Gay Games have been fabulous, with nearly twelve thousand athletes competing in over 30 different sports,” Morgain said. “I feel honored and privileged to have been part of what has been a very successful and exciting Gay Games. My target now is to be in shape for the World Championships and to give my best in trying to win a second World Championship.” – Issued by Gay Link Content
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