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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
Morgan's golden bonus
Wales' David Morgan was competing in his sixth Commonwealth Games
Morgan will see two silvers turn into golds
Welsh weightlifter David Morgan has added another two gold medals to his Commonwealth Games tally after rival Satheesha Rai failed a routine drugs test.

The Indian, who beat Morgan to gold in the clean-and-jerk and combined categories in the 77kg class in Manchester, tested positive for strychnine, a prohibited substance under the IOC class of stimulants.

A meeting of the Commonwealth's Federation Court could not be held following the test at the end of the Games 18 days ago.

But, following submissions from Rai and a screening of his 'B' sample, the Federation has ruled to disqualify him and change the results.


To finish with gold is a massive bonus
David Morgan
That means Morgan moves up to claim two golds, Nauru's Renos Doweiya is promoted to silver position in both the clean-and-jerk and combined, while Canadian Scott McCarthy now takes two bronzes.

In the snatch category, Morgan retains his silver behind Australia's Damien Brown, with another Aussie - Craig Blythman - moving up to take the bronze originally won by Rai.

Morgan has now won nine gold medals at six consecutive Commonwealth Games - putting him just one behind the all-time gold record held by Australian swimmers Ian Thorpe and Susie O'Neill.

The Cambridge-based lifter, 38, retired from the sport after the Games, and says he could not have hoped for a better ending to a distinguished career.

"Obviously, I am very pleased. It has taken a while, but I can understand why," Morgan said.

"Everyone must have the chance to defend themselves."

He added: "My goal was to just get a medal in Manchester because I wanted to get more medals than any other weightlifter.

"To finish with gold is a massive bonus. It just shows that if you put the work in and you're there on the day, anything can happen."

Morgan has won at least one medal in every Games he has appeared in, starting with gold at the age of 17 in Brisbane in 1982.

Another gold followed in Edinburgh 1986, three more in Auckland 1990, two more golds and a silver in Victoria 1994, then a silver four years later in Kuala Lumpur.

Rai is the second Indian weightlifter to lose Manchester medals after failing a drugs test.

Krishnan Madasamy, who won three silvers in the men's 62kg competition, tested positive for a metabolite of the banned performance-enhancing anabolic steroid nandrolone.

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