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India snatches three more weightlifting golds

30 July 2002

Kunjarani Nameirakpam (IND) won all three gold medal in the ground-breaking first women’s weightlifting competition in the Commonwealth Games.

Kunjarani Devi Nameirakpam

Kunjarani Devi Nameirakpam on the way to three historic golds

Nemeirakpan dominated the 48kg category at the ICC, with Karine Turcotte (CAN) and Ebonette Deigaeruk (NRU) taking the silver and bronze medals in the snatch, clean & jerk, and combined categories

Nameirakpam demonstrated her skill and confidence in the later stages by beginning her challenge in the clean & jerk after Turcotte and Deigaeruk had achieved their best at 87.5kg and 85kg respectively.

Then Nameirakpam lifted 92.5kg with her first effort but missed out on two other attempts at 100kg. All marks achieved were Commonwealth records on this first day of women’s competition which attracted a large and enthusiastic audience to the ICC.

Mary Hancock, the 44-year-old lifter from Wales, was the first to taste the level of support when she set the competition going followed by team-mate Kate Howard.

The eventual medallists came into action last with Deigaeruk lifting a maximum in the snatch at 65kg, Turcotte producing a best of 70kg and Nameirakpam topping off at 75kg.

Nameirakpam, 34, has 21 world championship medals to her credit but was clearly delighted to take the first awards in the Commonwealth Games. Turcotte, who has a three-year-old son, was inspired initially by her sister Maryse who watched her today and competes later this week.

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