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Commonwealth Games 2010: Form guide - weightlifting

Michaela Breeze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
Breeze has been appointed Wales captain for the Games

Four years ago in Melbourne, nine nations won Commonwealth Games gold with a further eight collecting either silver or bronze and there is no reason to expect any different in Delhi.

Wales lifter Michaela Breeze is the defending champion in the women's -63kg division and is looking for a golden farewell to competition as she plans to retire after the Games.

England have medal hopes, too, in the form of 16-year-old Zoe Smith who won silver at the European Championships in June and competes in the -58kg category. She faces stiff competition, though, with India's Yumnam (Renubala) Chanu out to defend the title she won in 2006.

India almost failed to enter a team after six of their lifters tested positive for banned substances last year. However, the Indian Weightlifting Federation escaped with a $500,000 fine which the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee stepped in at the last minute to pay.

But just days later it was revealed that Sanamacha Chanu, who had won Commonwealth gold in 2002, had failed a drugs test during August's selection trials, suggesting problems with doping still remain.

In the men's -105kg competition, Gurbinder Cheema, who took bronze in the snatch in 2002, will be competing for England - his father competed for India at the 1978 Games.

Scotland's Tommy Yule is looking for a sixth Games medal. The 34-year-old won three medals lifting for England in 1998, but switched to Scotland in 2002 and picked up a bronze, repeating the feat four years ago - he also lifts in the -105kg division.



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