A wounded ex-serviceman from Nocton finished in the top five at the IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Monday.
Former Staff Sgt Micky Yule, who served with the Royal Engineers, lifted 190kg to take fifth place in the 72kg category. It was won with a new world record by Rasool Mohsin of Iraq, with an impressive lift of 225kg.
Micky said after the competition: “I’m very pleased to have lifted 190kg in another Rio qualifier, and that I also managed to break into the top eight in another weight group (up to 72kg).
“I’m now looking ahead to the European Championships in Hungary in November, where I’d really like to bring home a medal.”
Micky lost both of his legs above the knee when he stepped on an IED in Helmand Province.
He was a part of the Army powerlifting team pre-injury and has used the sport as a huge part of his rehabilitation and recovery, culminating in a fourth place at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the Invictus Games last year.
Micky is supported by Help for Heroes’ Sports Recovery programme which enables him to go from strength to strength in his sport, with the Rio Paralympics his ultimate goal in 2016.
He praised a recent training camp held at the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, in conjunction with British Weight Lifting, for helping him to prepare for the competition: “Thank you to the team at Help for Heroes. The training camp in preparation for the competition today has been a great help in getting me into top shape to succeed. Thanks to JP, Martin and the Sports Recovery team.”
Micky next heads to the 2015 IPC Powerlifting European Open Championships in Eger, Hungary from November 24 to 28. The competition will feature around 150 athletes from 25 countries.
Micky is sponsored by Alliance Trust and EDF Energy.