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Priebe places fourth at powerlifting world competition

Andrew Priebe, right, stands on the medal stand with Russia's Evgenii Stepanov, center, and Japan's Tatsuhiko Ueno, left at the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Masters World meet on Saturday in Sundsvall, Sweden. Priebe took home the bronze medal in the bench press. (Photo courtesy Andrew Priebe)

SUNDSVALL, Sweden—Andrew Priebe made his debut at the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Masters World meet Saturday in Sundsvall, Sweden and placed fourth overall in the M1 66 kilogram (145.5 pounds) weight class for ages 40-49.

The Mitchell resident took bronze in the bench press by clearing 130 kilograms (286.6 pounds) on his third and final attempt. He cleared two of three squat lifts at 192.5 kilograms (424.3 pounds) and made two deadlifts at 202.5 kilograms (446.4 pounds) before missing his third attempt at 215 kilograms (474 pounds). He totaled 525 kilograms (1,157.4 pounds) on the day.

Priebe was originally slated to compete at 74 kilograms, but the Team USA coaches wanted him to drop to the next lowest weight. Priebe said he came in under the 66-kilogram minimum at 65.16 kilograms on the morning of the meet, losing 23 pounds in five weeks.