Weightlifting preview - 30 July
30 July 2002
Women enter the Commonwealth Games weightlifting arena for the first time on Tuesday with seven competitors chasing the medals in the 48kg category.
The opening day of the weightlifting competition also features the Men’s 56kg category (10:00) and the Men’s 62kg category (18:00) at the Manchester International Convention Centre.
The women’s event starts at 15:00 and features lifters from six countries – Canada, India, Kenya, Nauru, Papua New Guinea and Wales.
Canada’s representative is the 23-year-old Karine Turcott who precedes her older sister Maryse into competition. Maryse, who is in the 58kg category, competes on Wednesday. Karine was introduced to the sport when Maryse’s club in Sherbrooke, Quebec, needed another entry to help it win a tournament.
Wales has two entries in Mary Hancock and Kate Howard, while the youngest competitor in the category is Papa New Guinea’s Dika Toua, who turned 18 in June.
The weightlifting tournament begins at 10:00 with the Men’s 56kg category which has 10 entries. India provide two in Thandava Muthu and Vickey Batta and so do Malaysia with Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim and Mohd Faizal Baharom.
Australia’s Mehmet Yaggi will be defending his 1998 Commonwealth Games title earned in Kuala Lumpur. The nine-time Australian champion has competed in seven world championships as well as the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Yourik Sarkisian (AUS) was a silver medallist in the 62kg class in Kuala Lumpur and will be looking for gold in the same category when a field of nine lifters - including a trio from Nauru – take the platform at 18:00.
Sarkisian has competed for Armenia in two Olympic Games and then for Australia in the Sydney 2000 Olympics. He has been a regular competitor in the world championships since 1996.
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