Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 24, 2012

Link finishes 5th at powerlifting world championship

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE —  In her first competition on the worldwide stage, Kaitlain Link, a 17-year-old Cushing High School student, finished fifth in her weight class at the International Powerlifting Federation World Sub-Junior & Junior Championships, which took place Aug. 28-Sept. 2 in Szczyrk, Poland.

Link trains at Dan and Lisa Foreman's Iron Junkie Training Center in Jacksonville.

Link said that the competition was intense in Poland and that she was pleased with what she was able to accomplish.

“There were some very strong girls at that meet, but I pushed through and did my best,” Link said. “I was happy the results, as were the (USA) World Team coaches. I came in ranked seventh and came out ranked fifth.”

Tatiana Smolekho, a Russian, won the 105-pound category by lifting a total of 755 pounds.

Link had success with a total of 678 pounds.

The competition consisted of the squat, bench press and dead lift.

Link said that she came away from the experience with a better understanding of and appreciation for the people of the world.

“I had a lot of fun in Poland and it was truly a once in a life time experience,” she said. “It was interesting and cool to completely switch cultures and be in a completely different setting than I'm used to.

“The best part of the trip was meeting all the different people from the different countries. I met so many good people from all over the world that it was such a blessing.”

Link said that she bonded with some of her competitors from around the globe and that she and some of new friends actually cheered each other on during the competition.