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Weightlifting Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Nameirakpam a class apart
Kunjarani Nameirakpam
Nameirakpam captured three gold medals on Tuesday
Dewi Hughes

India's Kunjarani Nameirakpam proved to be a class apart at the women's 48kg weightlifting event at the Manchester International Conference on Tuesday.

The 34 year-old, who has 21 World Championship medals to her name, won the snatch, clean and jerk, and overall gold medals with ease.

She becomes the first female weightlifting champion in Commomwealth Games history.

Such was Kunjarani's dominance over the rest of the field that all her opponents had completed their three allotted lifts by the time she entered the clean and jerk at 92.5kg.

That was comfortably lifted, but she failed with her two next attempts at the magic 100kg mark.

The silver and bronze medals in each category also went to the same lifters.

Canada's Karine Turcotte twice denied Ebonette Deigaerux of Nauru the runner's-up spot.

Turcotte lifted 70kg in the snatch and then 87.5kg in the clean and jerk for an overall total of 157.5.

Deigaeruk's total of 145kg came courtesy of 60kg and 85kg lifts.

Wales' two competitors were satisfied with their performances as they set personal bests.

Kate Howard, 22, was fourth overall, while 44 year-old Mary Hancock - by far the oldest competitor - finished fifth.


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