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Men of iron keeping records in the family
Blackmon, Pardue pile up weightlifting honors
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ROGER PARDUE AND HIS uncle Ron Blackmon (right) have made a habit of returning home from weightlifting championships with trophies such as these which they earned in Gatlinburg, Tenn. on Nov. 13.
Even world record-holders need someone to push them to along in their quest to be the best they can be. For weight lifter and retired North Central High School head football coach Ron Blackmon, he did not have to look long --- nor far --- to find that person to help get him back into the swing of competitive lifting. Thanks in part to training with his nephew, Roger Pardue, Blackmon set a new world record in his age (60-64) group with a bench press of 470 pounds at a Southern Powerlifting Association event held in Gatlinburg, Tenn. last month.