Smith shines at lifting meet

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 17, 2000

Casey Smith missed last year’s World Association of Bench and Dead Lifters world championships because of a torn bicep.

Four first place finishes at the Roland Sanders Jr., WABDL Texas State Powerlifting competition in Dallas last week showed he’s ready to make up for lost time.

Smith, a firefighter with the Natchez Fire Department, won in the novice division and in the Law and Fire Division.

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Smith dead lifted 650 pounds, which is only 55 pounds short of the world record.

&uot;I was happy with that,&uot;&160;Smith said. &uot;I’m happy anytime I can get at least 600&uot;

The meet was a fundraiser for a boy in Houston, Texas, who is paralyzed after being shot when someone was stealing his bicycle

Smith usually does not compete in the bench press because of a shoulder problem he has had since he was 10, but decided to compete at the tournament since it was a benefit. He benched 303 pounds.

&uot;Doing the bench press took a little bit out of me,&uot; he said. &uot;But I think I’m back on track and my strength is coming back from tearing my bicep.&uot;

Smith and lifting partner Irby Campbell plan on competing at a meet in Alabama next month to prepare for nationals.

&uot;Irby wasn’t able to get to go to Texas because of work, so he wanted to get a meet in before nationals and it will help me,&uot;&160;Smith said.&uot;

The WABDL National meet will be in Dallas June 24-25.

World will be held in Reno, Nev., in November.

&uot;I’d like to get over 650,&uot;&160;Smith said. &uot;I’m just going to keep working hard.&uot;

Smith is sponsored by GNC in the Natchez Mall.