On Saturday ABS Powerlifting team members Hazel Hu and Linh Nguyen represented Ireland at the 4 Nations in London. Both were selected alongside 4 other Irish females to represent Ireland at this year’s competition.
Both girls were selected after competing at the National championships earlier this year where they both scored very high totals in their weight classes and both won national titles.
Hazel weighed in at a very light 49.5kg bodyweight. This was Hazel’s lightest for a competition. Linh went in slightly heavier that her usual 55.5kg and decided to go in at 57.5kg.
Hazel opened up the squat with a comfortable 97.5kg opener. She missed her second lift at 102.5kg but got it on her 3rd attempt comfortably with a few tweaks to her stance. This was quite some achievement to squat double body weight in a competition and in her first year of competitive powerlifting.
Linh opened up with a 112.5kg squat with ease. She decided to take a 5kg jump and equal her WDFPA world record of 117.5kg. She missed both attempts on this lift despite getting it at her last competition. I think this was down to a rushed warm up, glute issues and a 3 week trip to Vietnam just before this competition. This wasn’t exactly the best preparation but excuses are like arseholes everyone has one so it was time to get over it and focus on the bench press and getting a big score for the team.
Hazel opened up with an easy 55.5kg bench then hit a comp personal best of 57.5kg then narrowly missing the 60kg on her 3rd attempt.
Linh opened up with a 55kg bench but missed the 57.5kg twice at the same spot. Linh’s competition best is 57.5kg.
Last was the deadlift. This was a chance to make some big totals for the both girls
Hazel opened up with a 125kg lift and then equalled her gym best with a 130kg second attempt. For the 3rd attempt we decided to go for a 132.5kg lift to be safe where she pulled it with ease.
This left Hazel with a 292.5kg total at 49.5kg bodyweight. Scoring 7/9 lifts.
Linh was determined to break her deadlift competition personal best. She had pulled 126kg in the gym before but never pulled over 120kg in competition.
Lihn’s opener looked solid with 115kg and was fast as soon as it started moving. She then went for a Comp best and got the 122.5kg. This went up better than the first and was also technically better.
Linh went for a 125kg third attempt but the bar didn’t budge off the ground.
Linh finished with a 290kg total at 57.5kg bodyweight and can be happy with a deadlift personal best and very solid performance despite only getting 4/9 lifts on the day.
Overall the girls did themselves proud. Hazel won best female lifter on the day and both of them proved that they can mix it with the best of the best.