Joe Smolinski Takes Silver in Eq. Bench
WPC Worlds Update: Joe Smolinski had his second bench day today, competing in the equipped masters 4 110 Kg class, against his Russian rival Valeriy Akentyev. It was a fierce battle, with each man breaking the world record only to be one-upped by the other on the next attempt. All in all the WR was broken, and re-broken 5 times before battle was complete. Joe completed 3 of 4 attempts with 225, 236, 242.5 and a miss at 244 Kg (496, 520, 534, and 537 Lb). In the end though Akentyev bested him with a final lift of 245 Kg leaving Joe with 2nd place and the silver. Congrats to Joe for a valiant fight and we know he’ll reflect, improve, and come back even stronger.
Video of Joe’s Winning Raw Attempt: