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New record raises the bar

17 Mar 06 11:10
Canada took gold in the Women's 53kg Weightlifting. 

Canada took gold in the Women's
53 kg Weightlifting.

Canadian Maryse Turcotte set two new Commonwealth Games records in the final of the Women’s 53kg Weightlifting.

Turcotte led the Snatch with 80kg, and lifted 108kg on her third attempt of the Clean and Jerk to finish with a record total of 188kg. She also broke the Games Clean and Jerk Record twice with lifts of 105kg and 108kg.

Papua New Guinea’s Dika Toua lifted 181kg to take the silver ahead of Australia’s Nadeene Latif who claimed the bronze medal at 152kg in her first time Commonwealth Games. Latif finished the Snatch event with 66kg and the Clean and Jerk with 86kg.

Of her performance, Turcotte commented “I’m very happy about my result, it was hard to concentrate during the competition as I kept thinking this is one of my last lifts. It was hard to take, which is why I looked so sad at the presentation.”

Turcotte has lifted in 11 consecutive World Championships and Olympic Games.

After the event, Latif said she had wanted to do the same as fellow Australian weightlifter, Erika Yamasaki. “It was really great to have my mum, dad, boyfriend and friends cheering me on. I watched Erika take bronze last night and wanted to do the same.”

The Weightlifting competition runs until 24 March.

For more results, visit the Weightlifting Schedule and Results section of this Website.

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