Weight record smashed by returning firefighter: four years ago Station Officer Andy Seaber (Green Watch, Cambridge) returned to weightlifting--a sport he turned his back on some 15 years before--to emerge as a world record holder and double world champion. (weightlifting).

Andy was a keen weightlifter in his early twenties but he gave up the sport in 1984, mainly because of the toll that the sport was having on his body. When Andy (now aged 46 years) started lifting again he found that he enjoyed it as much as before and still had the same desire to compete.

His return to the sport was capped when he won a world masters title in Greece in 2001, with a world record to boot. Andy entered the World Masters Championships, organised by the International Weightlifting Federation, in October 2001.

He won gold in the 69 kg class for 45 to 49 year olds, having lifted 117.5 kg in the clean and jerk, and world record of 100.5 kg in the snatch. …

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