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Breeze retires with silver medal

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Wales team captain Michaela Breeze said farewell to competitive weightlifting with silver in the 63kg category.

The 31-year-old 2006 champion was beaten by 18-year-old Nigerian Obioma Okoli, who finished with a winning total of 211kg.

Breeze was ahead after the snatch having lifted 92kg to Okoli's 90kg but she only managed 110kg on the clean and jerk, while her opponent made 121kg.

"I came here to win gold but I'm delighted to get silver," said Breeze.

"It's especially welcome after all the injuries I've had. It's the end of an era and an 18-year career.

"For me it's the right time to call it a day and pass it on to the younger lifters. It's been a tough year but I've had a few messages of support from back home."

Breeze, raised in Cornwall, also won gold in the snatch at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

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