PMB lifter Bester bests three world records

2016-09-26 10:45
Pietermaritzburg local and world champ powerlifter Darien Bester at the national powerlifting competition in Durban earlier this year.

Pietermaritzburg local and world champ powerlifter Darien Bester at the national powerlifting competition in Durban earlier this year. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg's Darien Bester broke three world records at the Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC) World Championships in Serbia at the weekend.

At just 22, Bester broke the world record with a 330 kg deadlift, a 330 kg squat, and a 215 kg bench press for a total of 875 kg lifted altogether.

Bester’s impressive 215 kg bench press was not enough to break the record, but was added to the score of total weight lifted, which was a world record for the 140 kg-plus junior category.

The Pietermaritzburg local said that although he had broken three world records in one day, the realisation had not quite “hit him”.

“The rush that I got from lifting in the final attempts was electrifying.

“My last deadlift was the last lift of the championships, so it was absolutely amazing when I broke the record.”

Bester said his feelings on his win were “hard to put into words”, but said he had received incredible support during the competition.

“Some of the guys were happier than I was when I broke the records,” he said.

“As with anything, there are people who are there for themselves, but the majority of people in powerlifting will do as much as they can to help you.”

Bester said he had been “gymming” for a few years, but only on a casual basis until 2013.

“In 2013 I started watching powerlifting videos on YouTube and the openness of the community was incredible, and when the gym I was training at hosted a small in-house competition, I fell in love.

“In November 2014 I moved to Warren’s Gym, which caters better for a powerlifting style of training, and competed in my first official competition in November 2015.”

From there, Bester started training under Rory Scheepers, whom he termed “one of South Africa’s top strength coaches”.

“The training was hard leading up to the world championships, but Rory made sure that I would be pushed to my limits in every training session, but never past them.”

Bester has competed in five powerlifting competitions, with the World Championships being his third official competition.

“The plan I had from last year’s competition in November was to qualify for the nationals, then to qualify for the world championships at the nationals, but I never would have thought I would be breaking three world records.”

Bester said he would return to Pietermaritzburg this afternoon, and start preparing for an “invitational only” competition in Pretoria at the end of November.

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