Baugh sets a new PB at British Championships
CITY weightlifting star Ryan Baugh fought off injury and survived a nail-biting finish to return with a national title at the British Under-18 Championships.
Baugh topped the podium with a new best combined total of 193kg pipping London's Liam Gaul to first place.
The Michaela Breeze-trained youngster had set a new personal best total of 107kg in the clean and jerk and could only watch as Gaul revved up to better the Plymothian's efforts.
But the Europa Weightlifting Club athlete was unable to match Baugh's new mark and had to settle for runner-up.
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Baugh has not been used to close finishes of late and admitted it was a nerve-wracking experience.
But, supported by his coach, the former Commonwealth Games champion and Olympian Breeze, Baugh was able to celebrate his new status.
"It was touch and go and fortunately Liam couldn't make it, so and I'm really pleased with the title and the new PBs," said Baugh.
"I felt reasonably confident but not overly because my prep work was interrupted by a back injury.
"But I had my coach with me and thanks to the help of my osteopath Robin Moody I was able to get through it and let the others chase my total."
Former Ivybridge CC PE teacher Breeze, now based in Wales, was particularly proud of her charge's performance.
She said: "To be honest, Ryan's display was awesome given he was giving weight and age away, and also because his preparations had not been perfect due to the back problem.
"But he's done it and now it is time for Ryan to re-establish himself at under-18 level just as he did so successfully at under-15."
Breeze, who coaches Baugh from a distance, said she will try and make all the Commonwealth Games' hopeful's meetings.
His next is at Leamington Spa on November 10 when Baugh will compete at the Central and South West Championships at Warwickshire College.
In addition to scaling down his prep work and making his bow at a new weight and age category, Ivybridge CC student Baugh was also at the lower end of the band at 64.4kg.
But if the 15-year-old was fazed by the mounting challenge he did not show it as he held his nerves and lifts to win his weight category with a new best total.
Baugh's previous best lifts were 85kg in the snatch and 105kg in the clean and jerk.
At Bristol's Empire Sports Club, he opened with an accomplished snatch displaying, lifting 80, 83 and 86, which was a new PB.
He was equally formidable in the clean and jerk, nailing an opening 103, then hitting 107 at the second attempt for a new PB and best combined total of 193kg, which placed him first.