11 Apr Jordan Sakkas breaks British U20 Record
On the last day of Weightlifting for Team Wales, it was a packed day full of potential with Jordan Sakkas, Tayla Howe and Rhodri West all making their Commonwealth Games debut.
First up in the men’s 105kg category was junior talent, Jordan Sakkas, who was one of the youngest in a well experienced field and no doubt he will gain from his experiences here in the Goldcoast. Jordan opened with a 140kg snatch and was making the most of his time on the platform, unfortunately he was unable to secure 145kg for his second and third attempt. Moving into the clean & jerk Jordan secured 176kg as his opening attempt followed by 180kg for his second to give him a total of 320kg. Jordan finished 7th with a 10kg total personal best and breaking both Welsh Senior Records and British U20 Records, he will definitely be one to watch over the next few years.
Tayla Howe was up next in the Women’s 90kg category, who put in a solid performance at her first Games. Missing her opening snatch at 88kg, Tayla recovered well to secure the same weight on her second attempt before progressing to a successful third attempt of 92kg. Tayla looked strong moving into the clean & jerk opening with a confident 110kg, before taking 2 attempts to lift 115kg, giving Tayla a total of 207kg and a 6th place finish.
In the final group of the Weightlifting programme the Men’s 105+kg category, Rhodri West secured his opening snatch of 130kg on his second attempt and went onto achieve 135kg for his third attempt. It was a good start in the clean & jerk with Rhodri opening with 165kg moving onto 170kg successfully and giving him a new personal best on his second attempt, unfortunately 175kg was not to be, although this performance did also give Rhodri a personal best in the total of 305kg and a 10th place finish.