Forest Gym’s Webb and Burrows cannot weight for World glory

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You wouldn’t want to upset beefy Forest Gym duo Dave Webb and John Burrows, who have both become World Powerlifting champions in their class.

They both lifted staggering weights to clinch the WPF titles at Aldershot.

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Webb, 54, from Southgate West revealed: “I train three times a week at the gym in Tilgate Forst for two hours and have been training for 35 years.

“Next year I hope to compete at the Worlds again which will be held in Chicago and then the Europeans which will be held back here in Aldershot.”

Powerlifting comprises of squat, benchpress and dead lift.

He competed in the over-50s masters with 75kg bodyweight class. He squatted 175kg, benchpressed a British record 132.5kg and broke another British record to deadlift 215kg.

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Dave finished a remarkable 30kg ahead of his nearest rival, from Poland and beat a field of more than 250 competitors.

Incredibly this is the fourth time he has won the World title, having been previously successful in 2002, 2003 and 2010.

Webb works as a metal polisher at Steck Depositors in Pease Pottage.

Borrows competed in the over-40s masters with 82.5kg bodyweight class. He squatted 210kg, benchpressed 180kg and deadlifted 215kg to narrowly beating his opposition by just 2.5kg.

John, 42, from Pound Hill was making his World Championship debut having been runner-up this year at the British Championships. He works as a site manager in the building trade.

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