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Weightlifting Saturday, 3 August, 2002, 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK
Greenwood's triple medal haul
Giles Greenwood wins gold medal for England in the men's over-105kgs snatch.
Greenwood wins gold in the men's over-105kg snatch

England's Giles Greenwood claimed gold in the snatch as he won three medals in the over-105kg weightlifting competition.

The 31-year-old lifted 180kg to smash New Zealander Darren Liddel's previous Games snatch record of 165kg, set in Kuala Lumpur four years ago.

Greenwood then shattered his personal best to win bronze in the clean and jerk, and pick up silver overall behind New Zealand's Nigel Avery.

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I was injured, but as soon as I got out there and the crowd started to cheer the pain went away
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Giles Greenwood

Avery was second in the snatch part of the competition but held his nerve to win the clean and jerk, and with it, the overall title.

Corran Hocking, of Australia, bounced back from being fourth in the snatch to win silver in the clean and jerk, and the overall bronze medal.

Team-mate Chris Rae was third in the snatch.

Greenwood was delighted with his haul, particularly as a sore back had hampered his performance.

Welsh pride

"I am delighted because that is what I came here for. I thought I could build a lead in the snatch and maybe hold on for a bronze medal in the total.

"So to get a silver overall, I am very chuffed with that.

"I was injured for the clean and jerk with a sore back, but as soon as I got out there and the crowd started to cheer the pain went away. It definitely helped."

Wales' Terry Perdue also received loud support from the crowd as he finished in fifth place overall.

The 31-year-old scrap dealer and nightclub owner set a new personal best of 137.5kg in the snatch.

India's Shailaja Pujari produced an incredible display of power-lifting to win three gold medals in the women's under 75kgs competition.

The 20-year-old, who was the lightest in her section at 71.09kg, clinched the gold in the snatch with a lift of 97.5kg.

Pujari completely dominated the clean and jerk with a lift of 125kg - 17.5kg more than silver medallist Deborah Lovely of Australia managed - to ensure she was also the overall winner.

In the over 75kgs section, Nauru's Reanna Solomon enjoyed victory in the clean and jerk and also won the overall gold medal.

New Zealand's Olivia Baker finished with three medals in the over-75kg section.

In the men's disability bench press final, Solomon Amarakuo of Nigeria took gold, lifting 150.4kg.

Australia's Richard Nicholson was second and Kon Fatt Cheok of Malaysia took the bronze.


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