Chris Morgan takes Powerlifting Deadlift Gold in Moscow

Defending Gay Games champion and openly gay British Powerlifter wins his 3rd world gold medal

28 April, 2010

Chris Morgan
MOSCOW — Gay Games defending Powerlifting champion and Federation of Gay Games Ambassador Chris Morgan has successfully defended his world deadlift gold medal at the 2010 WDFPF World Single Event Championships in Moscow, Russia. Representing Great Britain, Chris won the World Open Deadlift Title in the 82.5kg weight class with lifts of 210kg, 240kg and 250kg to clinch the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Championship. WDFPF Championships were held 23-25 April 2010 at the Park Hotel Ognikovo in the Istrinsky district of Moscow.

Chris Morgan�s achievement was all the greater since he had extraordinary difficulty traveling to Moscow. Flights from the UK were grounded due to atmospheric ash from the Iceland volcano. World-class Powerlifters like Chris typically arrive at competitions days in advance so they can acclimate and finish their preparations.

Speaking about the competition, Chris said: "I�m absolutely delighted to have won my third World �Open� Gold Medal here at the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Championships, completing my aim of winning back-to-back World Championship titles. It has been my goal since failing to regain my first world open title in 2005 to once again win and then defend the World Open Championship. It feels very satisfying to achieve something that I�ve never managed to do before in my sporting career."

"Russia is the ultimate tournament location for a competitive Powerlifter,� Chris added, �and I�m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to compete in Moscow. This was always going to be the most difficult backdrop for this year�s world championships, providing both challenging conditions and environment. These championships have been one of the most fulfilling and interesting experiences of my career to date, especially meeting participants from former Soviet nations such as Moldova, Turkmenistan and Ukraine that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to meet.�

"It fills me with great pride to be arriving at this year�s Gay Games in Cologne as a three time World Open Champion and to be representing the Federation of Gay Games as one of their global ambassadors,� said Chris. �One of the key objectives at this year�s Gay Games is outreach to Eastern Europe, so it seems particularly relevant to have been able to carry the Gay Games message at this year�s World Powerlifting Championships in Moscow, Russia.�

Chris began his Powerlifting career at the 1998 Gay Games in Amsterdam where he won a silver medal. He won gold at the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney and at the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago. He will compete in Powerlifting at the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany, 31 July to 7 August 2010. Powerlifting is will take place Sunday 1 August 2010 and Monday 2 August 2010 at the track gymnasium of the Deutsche Sporthochschule K�ln. The gymnasium is located at the Sportpark Muengersdorf, the major hub for sports at the Cologne Gay Games. The competition will be open to the public. For more information about Cologne 2010 Gay Games VIII, visit www.games-cologne.com. For more information about Chris Morgan, visit www.chunkymuscle.com. – Issued by Kevin Boyer of Gay Games

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