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Michaela Breeze to defend Commonwealths Games crown

Michaela Breeze
Michaela Breeze suffered injuries during the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Michaela Breeze will hope to defend her Commonwealth title at the 2010 Games in Delhi and retire on a high.

The 30-year-old, who struck gold in the Melbourne Games four years ago in the 63kg class, is a two-time Olympian and will quit the sport after the Games.

Breeze is named in a three-strong weightlifting squad while 2004 Athens Paralympian Julie Salmon in a three-strong Welsh powerlifting squad.

"This is a particularly strong team," said coach Ray Williams.

"With a good mix of experience and young talent."

Painter and decorator Gareth Evans will compete in the 62kg weightlifting class for Wales in the Indian capital while bin lorry driver Natasha Perdue will star in the 69kg class.

Teenage reigning World Champion Kyron Duke, the 17-year-old from Cwmbran, joins Daniel Steward, a former British Champion and 2008 World Junior Games bronze medallist, and Salmon in the powerlifting squad.

Michaela Breeze is a brilliant weightlifter - already one of the Commonwealth's greatest

Coach Ray Williams

"Wales has historically produced some very successful weightlifters and powerlifters," said Williams.

"Our sport has been Wales' highest achiever of medals at Commonwealth Games and we have provided a medal at every games since 1954. This is a remarkable achievement and we aim to keep this a living legacy.

"Michaela Breeze is a brilliant weightlifter - already one of the Commonwealth's greatest.

"She is aiming to bring her glittering career to an end in Delhi with another medal-winning performance."

The Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition includes eight weight categories for men and seven categories for women, while the powerlifting event is an open class event for men and women in the bench press.

The competition will take place over 10 days in the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex in Delhi.

Team Wales' Commonwealth Games weightlifting team:

Name: Michaela Breeze
Date of birth: 17 May, 1979
From: Cardiff
Event: 63kg
Achievements: The two-time British Olympian won the 2006 Commonwealth Games title

Name: Gareth Evans
Date of birth: 18 April, 1986
From: Holyhead
Event: 62kg

Name: Natasha Perdue
Date of birth: 27 July, 1975
From: Swansea
Event: 69kg

Team Wales' Commonwealth Games powerlifting team:

Name: Kyron Duke
Date of birth: 12 October, 1992
From: Cwmbran
Achievements: 2009 World Champion

Name: Julie Salmon
Date of birth: 17 March, 1969
From: Penarth
Achievements: Competed in 2004 Athens Paralympics

Name: Daniel Steward
Date of birth: 9 August, 1986
From: Bicester
Achievements: 2008 British champion and 2008 World Junior bronze medallist

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