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Two local powerlifters win national titles

New Richmond can boast that it has two national powerlifting champions.

Jim Miller and Shawn Cain, both of New Richmond, both won championships at the 2003 Masters Powerlifting National Championships. This year's championships were held on May 2-4 at Baton Rouge, La.

Keith Belisle of Roberts and Todd Dierks of Hudson also competed in the national championships, with Belisle taking fifth in his weight class.

Cain won his national championship, but he won't be able to compete for another year. That's because on his final dead lift attempt of the tournament, his right bicep tendon snapped and rolled up his forearm. He completed the lift, giving him the national championship in the 220-pound bracket of the 45-49 age group.

Cain is familiar with the injury. He had the same thing happen to his left bicep tendon at the world championships six months ago. Cain had surgery to reattach the tendon and will now undergo nearly 12 months of rehabilitation on his arms. He is aiming to compete in next year's Masters National Championships in Dallas, Texas.

Cain's winning lifts included a 644-pound squat lift, a 413-pound bench press and a 639-pound dead lift. These lifts are down from what Cain has lifted in recent years, but he has also moved down from 242 pounds to compete in the 220-pound class.

Miller is a veteran lifter who hadn't competed at this level in two years. Miller had the reigning world champion in his weight class, the 275-pound class for the 50-54 age bracket. That didn't stop Miller. He went out and took the national title. His winning lifts were a 600-pound squat lift, a 380-pound bench press and a 562-pound dead lift.

Belisle was able to take fifth place in the 242-pound bracket of the 40-44 age class. His lifts included a 567-squat lift, a 518-pound dead lift and a 429-pound bench press.

Dierks competed in the 40-44 age bracket at 220 pounds. His lifts were a 518-pound squat, a 325-pound bench press and a 518-pound dead lift.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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