08 Apr Commonwealth Games Update
It’s been a busy weekend for Weightlifting Wales at the Commonwealth Games in the Goldcoast, Australia. With a number of lifters making their Commonwealth debut, and the experience will serve them well for their athlete development for the future.
Saturday 7th April had two lifters competing, first up was Harry Misangyi in the men’s 85kg category, who started his campaign well in the snatch securing both 110kg & 115kg, missing his third at 120kg, unfortunately due to an ongoing wrist injury Harry had to withdraw from the clean & jerk and unable to place in the total overall.
Next up in the women’s 63kg category was Holly Knowles, who showed true determination and fight after missing her first two attempts in the snatch at 73kg to secure her third attempt and keep her in the competition. She opened confidently in the clean & jerk with 90kg, before finishing with 93kg giving her a total 166kg and finishing 9th at her first major championships, Holly can take away many lessons and build on her experience.
Sunday 8th April was a packed day with lifters in all three categories starting with Faye Pittman in the women’s 69kg category starting nervously missing her first two attempts in the snatch at 78kg, Faye dug deep to secure an easy third attempt under pressure at 78kg to stay in the competition. A more composed Faye started strong with 95kg in the clean & jerk followed by using her next two attempts to secure 100kg, Faye finished with 178kg and a 10th place finish.
In the men’s 94kg Joshua Parry made his Commonwealth debut taking two attempts to secure his opening snatch of 125kg only to miss 130kg on his third. Sadly Joshua failed to secure a clean & jerk, it’s certain he will learn from it and soak up the experience of being in a field where a number of commonwealth records were broken will only support his future performances. Broady Santavy of Canada broke the snatch record with 168kg and Steven Kari of Papua New Guinea broke the clean & jerk record with 216kg and claiming gold overall despite being 14kg behind Santavy after the snatch.