Today's comp was Kong's first ever deadlift in excess of 250 kilograms. 275, in fact. It was a long tussle but he locked that bastard out. He also did some of his best work in the carry events, the second of which (the fifth and final event for the day) was a late change from Farmers walk. But, in an upset for Kong, he was pipped for third place by the combination of a supercharged Max McCall and some unexpected technical issues that were had with the axle clean press. Kong was understandably disappointed, but it's an invaluable learning experience for him... and, assuming he hasn't already earned an invite to the WASM state championships, he will have the chance to qualify again in September.
It has been hard for me to put into words how pleased and proud I am of Kong and Steve, and all the crew who spent the day cheering them on. It's the people who've built PTCSM up into what it has become, and it is an honour and a privilege to be their coach.
There are only bigger and better things in store for our team this year; Steve has earned his invite to states, scheduled for November, and before that another contingent will be testing their might in the final qualifying round for the year.
More immediately, I'm uploading several videos from today to YouTube which are taking their sweet time. But watch this space...