Gold and two CG Records for England
SMITH Zoe (ENG) won one of the most enthralling weightlifting contests yet at Glasgow 2014 as all three top lifters in the Women’s 58kg broke Commonwealth Games Records.
MANSOR Mohd Hafifi (MAS) later followed up his Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal at Delhi 2010 with Gold in the Men’s 69kg
The 20 year old SMITH won her duel with veteran BREEZE Michaela (WAL) who set a new Snatch record of 93kg on her way to Bronze after coming out of retirement for the Games.
Silver Medallist WINIFRED Ndidi (NGR) broke the Clean and Jerk record, before seeing it taken away from her with a new mark of 118kg by SMITH whose Total of 210kg was also a Commonwealth Games Record.
SMITH had previously won a Bronze at Delhi 2010.
MANSOR, 23, lifted 135kg in the Snatch and 170kg in the Clean and Jerk to back up his No. 18 world ranking with a Total of 305kg.
AYENUWA Yinka (NGR) ensured it wasn’t a runaway victory with a last lift of 171kg in the Clean and Jerk to take Silver, Nigeria’s second weightlifting medal of Glasgow 2014.
OTARI Omkar (IND) led after the Snatch, with the Indian making a faultless progression up to 136kg. But his single failure, on his last attempt of 162kg in the Clean and Jerk, left him to settle for Bronze with 296kg overall.
There was a surprise exit for Sri Lanka’s VIDANAGE Chinthana (SRI), who had been one of the favourites. VIDANAGE took Silver at Delhi 2010 but failed in all three Snatch attempts of 127kg to be knocked out of the contest.