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2009 Australian Senior Weightlifting Championships

56kg: Vannara Be (Vic) 1,
62kg: Daniel Koum (Vic) 1, Dale Watkins (SA) 2,
69kg: Musa Kamara (NSW) 1,
77kg: David Sarkisian (Vic) 1, Ben Turner (Qld) 2, Ricky Gulyamov (NSW) 3,
85kg: Troy Hewkins (Qld) 1, Malek Chamoun (NSW) 2, Matthew Williams (Vic) 3,
94kg: Simplice Ribouem (Vic) 1, Ben Mulder (Tas) 2, Andrew Ciancio (Vic) 3,
105kg: Ali Gulyamov (NSW) 1, Mitchell Mann (NSW) 2, Zac Grgurevic (Tas) 3,
+105kg: Matthew Falcone (VIC) 1, Craig Wegert (Qld) 2.

48kg: Deborah Groves (NSW) 1,
53kg: Socheata Be (Vic) 1, Nadeene Latif (NSW) 2,
58kg: Davina Hughes (Qld) 1,
63kg: Seen Lee (Vic) 1, Jacquie White (Vic) 2,
69kg: Camilla Fogagnolo (Tas) 1, Nicole Chamberlain (SA) 2,
75kg: Jenna Myers (Tas) 1, Belinda Van Tienen (Vic) 2,
+75kg: Amanda Phillips (Qld) 1.
Results AUS Championships 2009.pdf

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National selection gives Wegert a lift

SPRINGFIELD: “Ancient” weightlifter Craig Wegert is pumped ahead of his first national championships in 12 years this weekend.

Springfield’s 36-year-old super heavyweight will represent Queensland in the 105kg class at the Australian Weightlifting Championships in Melbourne on Saturday.

The former Commonwealth top-10 ranked lifter held up 310kg in February to qualify for the national tournament.

However, he was shocked when selected as Queensland’s No.1 lifter following the omission of Olympian Damon Kelly with knee problems.

“This is the premier weightlifting event in Australia, and I’ve kicked myself thinking: ‘Here I go again’,” he said.

“I’m really rapt, so hopefully my body holds up and I can produce a decent lift and pull a medal of some colour.”

After some time off Wegert decided to lift weights socially last year and qualified for the World Masters Games, to be held in Sydney this October.

But even he was surprised to make Melbourne.

“I thought I would start training last year, and in 18 months see how I go,” he said.

“But I’ve accelerated fairly quickly, and the next thing I know I’m in the team.”

To gain a medal this weekend Wegert believes he will need to lift 140kg in the snatch category and 180kg in the clean and jerk division.

He said his younger competitors would be faster, but experience was on his side.

“I did a 180kg clean and jerk last Friday … and I’ve done 135kg snatches a couple of times … (but) knowledge and tactics play a bigger part,” he said. (Australian Weightlifting Federation)