Aug 10 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
WEIGHTLIFTER Peter Kirkbride competed through the pain barrier to record a new personal best at the Olympics on Saturday.
The 24-year-old strongman from Hurlford tore his bicep early in the 94kg competition at London’s ExCel Centre in London.
Peter recorded a first snatch of 138kg before picking up the injury in his left arm.
He said: “In the second snatch I used too much of my power, causing it to go behind me, tearing my bicep.”
He was unable to complete his second or third snatch lifts.
But amazingly, after medical treatment, Peter fought on to set a new personal best of 190kg in the clean and jerk.
Peter, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist in 2010, says he never considered giving up.
The former Loudoun Academy pupil said : “I didn't feel the pain, I just wanted to finish the competition.”
His total of 328kg saw Peter finish 16th in among 21 top class weightlifters from around the world.
Peter wanted to make his family, coach Charlie Hamilton and fellow Kilmarnock clubmates and his home town proud.
His friends and fans gathered in his local The Thistle in Hurlford to watch him on the pub’s big TV screen.
Peter, who loved the experience, said: “The 328kg total with a torn bicep is not bad!
“Thanks very much again for all your wonderful messages. I hope you all enjoyed the show.”
Provost Jim Todd heaped praise on East Ayrshire’s talented athlete. He said: “Peter proudly represented his home town on the global stage and gained plenty of plaudits for his bravery and credit for posting such a solid total.”