Marcelo Seabra and James Jeffries with their world championships trophies.

POWERLIFTING: A pair of West Norfolk weightlifters are celebrating world title glory.

James Jeffries and Marcelo Seabra returned from the World Drug Free Powerlifting Championships in Maromme, France, with a string of honours to their names.

Seabra, 24, a hairdresser, from Walton Highway, earned silver medals in the squat and bench press before being crowned deadlift champion. Jeffries, 52, from King’s Lynn, competed with a snapped forearm tendon but still broke the European bench press record and narrowly missed the world record.

However, he did enough to win the overall bench press world title.

The pair’s efforts helped Great Britain to second place overall and Jeffries, who runs a powerlifting club at Ironworks Gym in Wisbech, said: “It was a great effort. I have now been recruited to be Team Great Britain mentor and will be running national training camps in Wisbech, aiming for the team to take top spot at next year’s World Championships in Belgium.”

Before then, Jeffries leads a team of up to 20 local lifters in the European championships at Aylesbury on September 17/18.

For more details about the sport, contact Jeffries, 07909 617555.