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Senior powerlifters take first place in LasVegas

Two local senior powerlifters took first place at the Rio Hotel and Casino in the 2017 Amateur Athletic Union Hi-Temp World Powerlifting Championships on Sept. 15-17.

The 80-year-old powerlifter, William Prince, lifted in the 80-84 division and 75-year-old powerlifter Mike Haigwood lifted in the 75-79 division. Both powerlifters have been lifting in Pahrump for some time and work out at the Fitness For 10 Gym.

“I actually got a world record in the first attempt,” Prince said. “That attempt was 230 pounds. My second lift was even better and I quit at that, breaking the world record by 70 pounds.”

Prince said he has been lifting since high school but only took it seriously when he got older.

“I went some 25 years without picking up a weight,” he said. “I was 27 when I won a weightlifting contest and then I started again at 52. Then one day I was at a gym and saw a guy in the mirror and I asked myself, ‘Who is that fat guy there.’ Well, that guy was me and I was middle-aged and decided to lose weight. I was some 250 pounds and lost about 50.”

Prince got first place in the bench press, benching 243 pounds and setting a AAU world record for his age division.

Haigwood got first place in the push-pull event where he had to bench press and deadlift. He benched 200 pounds and deadlifted 230 pounds. Haigwood has been lifting for at least 30-40 years, according to Prince.

Both lifters plan on lifting for many years to come.

Contact sports editor Vern Hee at vhee@pvtimes.com

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