Franklin powerlifter shines at nationals

The hits just keep on coming for Kloie Doublin. A senior at Franklin Community High School, Doublin turned in another impressive performance last weekend at the USA Raw National Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Doublin’s totals — 380 pounds on the squat, 231 on the bench press and 446 on the deadlift — were enough to make her not only the teenage national champion (ages 18 to 19), but also the junior national champion (ages 20 to 23).

She placed third overall in the 72-kilogram weight class of the open division, trailing only the significantly more experienced Kimberly Walford and Chelsea Savit, and won the Best Teenage Female Lifter award for posting the best ratio of weight lifted to body weight across all classes.

Doublin’s squat also established a new American record.

Though she had been hoping to get up to 248 pounds on the bench — a mark she had just missed at the IPF World Championships this past summer — she was pleased overall with her performance and excited about getting to compete with some of the best lifters in the world outside of her age group.

“I thought it was really, really fun to be in the prime time,” Doublin said. “A bunch of people come and it was really, really neat. Even though it wasn’t halfway around the world, it was really unique in itself.

“It was just really fun being around the top girls.”

Up next for Doublin will be the Arnold Sports Festival next March in Columbus, Ohio. She also will be returning to the IPF Worlds, which will be held next summer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Ryan O'Leary is sports editor for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at roleary@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2715.