Matt Gor­don pow­ers his way to sil­ver

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‘‘I'm ab­so­lutely stoked to not only have won my sec­ond sil­ver medal in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, but to have recorded a per­sonal best bench press in the cham­pi­onships.’’

Te Aroha’s Matt Gor­don has fin­ished a highly cred­itable sec­ond in the Com­mon­wealth Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships in Potchef­stroom, South Africa.

Gor­don, who over­came a near crip­pling in­jury from seven years ago, is now an in­ter­na­tional class pow­er­lifter.

His sil­ver medal per­for­mance fol­lows an­other sec­ond plac­ing in his in­ter­na­tional de­but at the Asia-Ocea­nia Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships late last year.

In Potchef­stroom, he was nar­rowly beaten by vastly ex­pe­ri­enced South African Ri­cardo Fitzpatrick who has been com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally for 15 years.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely stoked to not only have won my sec­ond sil­ver medal in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, but to have recorded a per­sonal best bench press in the cham­pi­onships,’’ Gor­don said.

‘‘And I still felt I had some­thing left in the tank. I’m sav­ing a bit for my next big comp in Mex­ico City.’’

Gor­don was suc­cess­ful with a 165kg bench press, more than twice his 81.25kg body weight.

Fitzpatrick, who won the ti­tle with a 172.5kg lift, weighed in a 82.17kg.

Gor­don flew back to New Zealand late last week, and stopped overnight in Auck­land, be­fore fly­ing to Mex­ico City the fol­low­ing day.

There he was to­com­pete in the World Par­a­lympic Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships on Oc­to­ber 3. This would be by far his big­gest com­pe­ti­tion to date.

His goal is to rep­re­sent New Zealand in the Com­mon­wealth Par­a­lympic Games on Queens­land’s Gold Coach next April.

The Com­mon­wealth Par­a­lympic Games will be held in con­junc­tion with the Com­mon­wealth Games for fully abled ath­letes such as New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, Nick Wil­lis, and El­iza McCart­ney.

Pow­er­lifter Matt Gor­don won sil­ver in South Africa, and is al­ready in Mex­ico City com­pet­ing at the World Par­a­lympic Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships.

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