Alderman wins bronze medal

GREAT Britian Paralympic powerlifting hopeful Adam Alderman has proved his injury worries are behind him after scooping a bronze medal in an international ranking event in Dubai, writes Russell Claydon.

The 28-year-old from Sible Hedingham, who trains and works in Sudbury, benchpressed 129kg in the 48kg bodyweight category at the Khorfakkan IPC Powerlifitng International Championships on Sunday to secure third place.

It was the first ranking competition since Alderman, who was born with the most common type of dwarfism, broke his wrist falling from his bike in April, which looked to have put his 2012 Paralympic chances in the balance.

“I feel brilliant and I am probably in the best shape I have ever been in. I just need to get a bit more strength back in it now,” he said.

“I will be back in Dubai in February and I have worked out I need to bench about 140kg.”

Alderman managed to lift 131kg in Dubai but he was left mystified as to why it was ruled out. He was also competing in Holland in the lead up to the event and lifted 128kg in the 52kg bodyweight category.

Qualification for Team GB will be made at the end of February with only one place available in each weight category. Alderman’s current best competition lift is 132.5kg.