Weightlifter McQueen gains triple gold in 105kg
02 August 2002
England's Delroy McQueen saw off Canadian legend Akos Sandor to take all three gold medals in the 105kg weightlifting category.
Roared on by a crowd containing several hundred of his supporters, McQueen and team-mate Gurbinder Cheema combined to give Sandoe a demanding competition and challenged superbly all the way through.
While 26-year-old McQueen kept the pressure on CHeema, a bronze medallist in the snatch category, had to withdraw after only one successful lift in the clean & jerk because of problems around his left knee. He appeared on stage to try to lift but after contemplating the bar then withdrew.
McQueen was in compelling form. As the snatch category came to a climax, Sandor took the lead with his final lift of 165. McQueen, with the lighter body weight, had to hit 165 as well for the gold and did so. Cheema had lifted 160 for the bronze.
Once the outcome of the clean & jerk had come down to the same three lifters, Cheema's withdrawal was the first significant development amidst the growing tension. Sandor lifted 195 and then 200, but when McQueen followed up with 200 the pressure swung back to the Hungarian-born Sandor.
Sandor could not lift 202.5 and McQueen finished in style with a second and last lift of 210. After that, he decided to quit with a new Commonwealth Games record to his name.
Malaysia's Edmund Yeo took the bronze in clean & jerk and was in third place overall with 315 kg. McQueen's overall gold medal haul was for a total of 375kg with Sandor on 360.
Scot Stuart Yule was taken to hospital after injuring his right arm on his second lift in the snatch competition.
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