COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Watson's targeting top five

Ben Watson

Ben Watson

First published in Sport

WEIGHTLIFTER Ben Watson can’t wait to get going in Glasgow.

The 24-year-old, from Didcot, competes in the 105kg category event next Wednesday night and is relishing the highlight of his career so far.

Like rifle shooter Dan Rivers, Watson is a former St Birinus School, Didcot pupil – and actually learned the sport there under teacher Philip Karlsson, who still coaches him today.

“I don’t want to put any extra pressure on myself by making a bold prediction or stating a target figure, but I would be very happy to finish in the top five,” said Watson, who is a teaching assistant at the school and won the English title in February.

“At the Commonwealth tournament last year I came sixth, so fifth would be a definite improvement,” he added.

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