Powerlifter Kevin Gray 'on-track' to smash own world record

Powerlifting star Kevin Gray is aiming to better his own world record at this month's national open championships in Melbourne. Picture: DARREN HOWE
Powerlifting star Kevin Gray is aiming to better his own world record at this month's national open championships in Melbourne. Picture: DARREN HOWE

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BENDIGO powerlifting star Kevin Gray will be out to better his world record mark set earlier this year at this month’s open national championships in Melbourne.

Gray set a new world record in the 59kg division, when he squatted 240kg at an international event in Sydney in April.

The 33-year-old bettered the previous world record, held by Russian powerlifting legend Sergey Fedosienko by 12.5kg.

If his training is any guide, Gray – who trains under coach Dean Mawby at the Real Strength Studio in Castlemaine – is odds-on to better his own record.

The New Zealand-born pocket dynamo, who only took up powerlifting about two years ago, twice squatted an unofficial world record in training in Castlemaine on Monday night.

Gray, who currently tips the scales at 57.8kg, squatted 242.5kg, before he produced a remarkable 247.5kg lift.

His previous best in training was 240kg, the same weight as his world record squat.

Mawby said Gray was “well on-track” to better his previous best lifts.

The national championships will be staged at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre from October 13-15, as part of the Melbourne fitness expo.

More than 100 Australia’s top powerlifters will compete at the Powertlifting Australia sanctioned event.

Kevin Gray in training this week.

Kevin Gray in training this week.