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Bill Picks up Gold (Again!)

MUSCLEMAN Bill McFadyen was in seventh heaven this week - after picking up his seventh powerlifting gold medal in just three years.

Bill (70) pipped German rival Gunter Wittkowski to the title in the 90kg Masters 3 class of the European Championships in Hamm, Luxembourg.

Despite the German and Bill both finishing top of the class with lifts of 175kg, Bill was crowned champion due to his slighter body weight. After his feat he said:

"This was a new body weight for me so these guys are generally lifting heavier weights than the competitors I have been used to. It was a hell of a challenge!

" The German lifted 175kg and on his final lift went for broke and tried to lift 180kg. But he failed and so I decided to just match his 175kg lift on my last attempt because I knew that would be enough.

"You must protect the gold, that's what I told myself!"

The win is Bill's third European Championship gold and has added to a collection including three world golds and a champion of champion gold.

Bill is assisted in his global domination by the Wigtown West Area Committee and the Wigtownshire Sports Council.

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