An Icelandic firefighter with Naval Air Station, Keflavik, Iceland, came away with a gold medal and two world records in weight lifting during the World Police and Fire Games in Barcelona, Spain.
Saevar Borgarsson competed in the push-pull weight lifting event. Although Borgarsson has been power lifting for three years, it was his first competition as a weight lifter and the first time he had competed in the games. He lifted 511.5 pounds for a combined total of 825 pounds. It was good enough for the gold medal and two world records. He now holds the record for the dead lift and the combined event.
The biannual event draws emergency officials from all over the world for several days of competition among more than 11,000 athletes. The 70 events are held in the style of the Olympics, and include soccer, basketball, track and field, weight lifting and swimming.
Five other firefighters from NAS Keflavik, along with 12 of their countrymen, competed in the July games, with six of the 18 competitors from Iceland earning two gold medals, two bronze and one silver.