A HAMPSHIRE woman has spoken out about her success at the World Powerlifting Championships in Mongolia.

As previously reported, personal trainer Marina Cornwall took home four gold medals from the competition, regaining her world champion status after five years away from the sport.

Speaking with the Hampshire Chronicle, the 69-year-old said: “I’m surprised I did as well as I did because I think it was the worst competition I’ve ever done in terms of preparation. Not only did I tweak my back before I went out. We also flew out on the Wednesday and there were flight delays from Heathrow, so we missed the connecting flight.

“At one point it looked like we weren’t going to get there. We managed to get a flight out Saturday, and the competition was Sunday – I couldn’t sleep at all and couldn’t adjust to the time difference. I don’t know how I did so well”.

Marina said that she feels “over the moon” for winning four gold medals.

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She continued: “I haven’t lifted since 2018, and to regain a world title again is phenomenal, particularly under those circumstances.

“I managed to score 12 points for the British team, which means that we’ve won the women’s team award, which is great!”

Marina confirmed that she is going to continue powerlifting in the future, with more competitions already lined up.

She said: “I’ve already been invited to the Europeans in Malaga in February, so I’m looking forward to that. And then there will be the World Championships next year in Sun City, which is going to be a week or so out from the Commonwealth Games.

“It is my goal to compete in the Commonwealth Games, so I'm really looking forward to that.”