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Another World Record for Stranraer Strongman

VETERAN Stranraer strongman Billy McFadyen has again broken yet another world record at a world weightlifting competition and muscled in on another gold.

The IPF Masters Bench Press Championships in Schwedt, Germany, saw the world’s weightlifters showing off their feats of strength. But they were no match for 73-year-old Billy who broke the record twice for Gold Masters Four in his class. He said:

"I’ve received tremendous support from local people and took that with me to the platform."

His lift was recorded at 172.5 kilos which was all down to weeks of gruelling training.

"I was feeling great on the day thanks to 110 per cent preparation, as usual, and I was delighted with the performance," he said.

His latest win adds to a bulging collection of gold medals and trophies from national and international events.

Just last February he lifted gold at the British Masters Bench Press Championships in Birmingham — and with it a world record.

But Billy will be not resting on his laurels, or taking it easy like most people his age. He is heading for the Czech Republic in November for the European Masters’ Bench Press Championships. He said:

"I don’t know how I’m managing to do it at my age, I must be going into reverse. I should be in my pipe and slippers by now.

"I will carry on until I lose the will to win."

Billy's age defying exploits are currently being filmed in a documentary by Edinburgh-based filmmakers Imagine.

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