Friday, January 4, 2008

World power-lifters get hitched

strong wedding

With a combined weight of more than a quarter of a tonne and the strength to lift a small car, newlyweds Gemma Taylor and Benedikt Magnusson are undoubtedly the world's 'power couple'.

Taylor, from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, weighs 95kg (15 stone) and became Britain's strongest woman on her second attempt at the title in 2005 when she lifted 270kg.

Weighing 165kg (26 stone), Magnusson is a star on the world's power-lifting circuit, having lifted 440kg when he was 22. The Icelander's record-breaking lift, along with his unique routine for psyching himself up, can be seen on the Internet.

But at a ceremony in Reykjavik in Iceland, the muscly 24-year-olds swapped dumbbells for rings as they tied the knot with guests including four-time World's Strongest man Magnus Ver Magnusson and several other Icelandic power lifters.

The pair met at a tournament in the US. 'I was so excited to meet Benedikt and we immediately clicked,' Taylor said. He told his friends I was the girl he was going to marry. I thought he was joking at first, but I soon released he was the one.'

Though Taylor managed to fit into her dress, Magnusson was so big he had to have a suit specially tailored for Sunday's church ceremony.

The pair are looking forward to their first child, due in June. Taylor, who thought she might have difficulty conceiving after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, is hoping she might have twins, which run in the family.

'We weren't trying for a baby because doctors said I would never conceive naturally,' she said. 'So we were overjoyed when we realised.'

She added: 'I think our baby will have super-strength with our combined genes, but we'll never put any pressure on him or her to follow our weightlifting ways.'

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