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Friday, 2 August, 2002, 20:05 GMT 21:05 UK

McQueen nets golden treble

England's Delroy McQueen has pulled off a clean sweep of golds in the 105kg weightlifting.

McQueen took gold in the snatch, clean and jerk, and combined as his rivals failed to stay in contention at Manchester's International Convention Centre on Friday.

The 26-year-old smashed the Games record in the process, with a combined lift of 375kg.

"Standing on the podium was the most fantastic feeling in my life"
Delroy McQueen

Akos Sandor of Canada had started the competition as the favourite and, after successfully lifting 165kg with his final attempt, looked on course for gold in the snatch.

McQueen, though, with the last lift of the competition, matched his rival and sealed gold due to his lighter body weight.

Sandor took silver and England's Gurbinder Cheema won bronze.

In the clean and jerk, Malaysia's Edmund Yeo won bronze as Sandor and McQueen once again went head-to-head for the top spot.

McQueen entered the competition with a lift of 200kg and sealed victory with an astonishing effort of 210kg for the Games record.

"I thoughtI could win two golds but I didn't know about the snatch and that is a bonus," said McQueen.

"I just wanted to win and it is fantastic."


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