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Weightlifting heroes

Precious McKenzie - England   Precious McKenzie - England
Kingston 1966, Edinburgh 1970, Christchurch 1974, Edmonton 1978
 

A true legend, Precious McKenzie is one of a very elite band of athletes to gain gold across four Commonwealth Games, winning the overall bantamweight title three times in 1966, 1970 and 1978. He dropped a weight category in 1974 to scoop gold in the flyweight also. Weightlifting since 1951, McKenzie was still competing years later in masters' events well into his sixties.

 
Louis Martin - England
Perth 1962, Kingston 1966, Edinburgh 1970

Louis Martin from Derby, England dominated the Commonwealth middle heavyweight scene for over a decade. Being of Jamaican descent, many reckon Martin's finest hour was his win at the Kingston Games in 1966 where he elevated the popularity of the sport of weightlifting to new heights.

 
Russell Prior - Canada
Edinburgh 1970, Christchurch 1974, Edmonton 1978

The most successful Commonwealth heavyweight lifter of all time, Russell Prior took three successive overall gold's in his category culminating in victory at his home nation's Games in 1978.

 
David Morgan - Wales   David Morgan - Wales
Brisbane 1982, Edinburgh 1986, Auckland 1990, Victoria 1994, Kuala Lumpur 1998
 

David Morgan was victorious across three different Games, winning gold in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 before claiming first place once again in the middleweight division in Canada in 1994. As well as this he also picked up a silver in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. Morgan has remained active within the weightlifting scene and is a regular participant in masters' events to this day.

 
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