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Loughborough's Mickey Yule won bronze in the men's powerlifting -72kg category at the Paralympic Games. Image provided by Alamy / PA.

Yule claims Loughborough’s third medal of the Paralympic Games

Powerlifter Mickey Yule claimed an excellent bronze medal in the men’s powerlifting -72kg event as Loughborough University continued to make its mark at the Paralympic Games.

Yule, who lost both his legs whilst serving with the British Army in Afghanistan in 2010, lifted 182kg to make the podium in Tokyo.

Yule’s medal is Loughborough’s third of the Paralympic Games following Crystal Lane-Wright’s silver and Olivia Broome’s bronze.

The 42-year-old was joined on the podium by gold medallist Bonnie Gustin (Malaysia – 228kg), and silver medallist Mahmoud Attia (Egypt – 191kg).

Speaking to the media following his medal-winning lift, Yule said:

“I was in the army and I got injured in Afghanistan. I used sport as my rehab. I was always a strong guy, and after watching powerlifting - I watched my teammate Ali Jawad lift at London 2012 - and I said, ‘That’s the sport for me’.

“We talked about this, we visualised it, going out there and lifting for a medal, and we did it."

Loughborough University has launched a new initiative for those looking to support the future of Para sport on campus. By supporting the Para Sport programme, individuals can make a profound impact to a young person’s life. To find out more and how to donate, click HERE.

For more information on Loughborough and its presence at the Paralympic Games, visit the dedicated website HERE.

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