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Morgan makes Commonwealth Games history

01 August 2002

Welsh weightlifter David Morgan has made history by becoming the first man to win medals at six Commonwealth Games.

Dave Morgan

Morgan makes Commonwealth history

Morgan, 37, won three silvers in the men’s up to 79kg category on Thursday morning to add to the seven golds and two silvers won at previous Games.

“I’m very proud because I’ve always wanted to do something unique, even though it has taken me twenty years to do it,” said Morgan. “I came here hoping to get a medal in the snatch and after that I relaxed because anything else was a bonus.

“Damian Brown (AUS) was expected to win the clean and jerk and overall but didn’t have a successful lift in that section so I got two silvers. I wouldn’t have wanted to win the silvers in this way but I’m not complaining about it.”

Morgan, who lives in Cambridge, was 17 when he won gold in the men’s up to 67.5kg category at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia. He has now won 12 Commonwealth Games medals in all.

In winning medals at six Games, Morgan has emulated the feat of English shot putter Judy Oakes (ENG). She won three golds, two silvers and a bronze at six consecutive Games between 1978 and 1998.

“This might be my last competition but I could change my mind,” Morgan added.

“I’ve offered to do coaching with the national team, but always been turned down. Perhaps there is method in their madness and they want me to continue to compete.”

Having climbed a proverbial mountain in his weightlifting achievements, he is now preparing to climb a real mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya to be precise – in September to raise money for charity.

“A friend called Sue Gowling is a keen climber and persuaded me and another friend of mine, Chris Maton, to do this climb with her,” Morgan explains.

“I’ve never done anything like this before and I don’t know what to expect. We hope to raise £6,000 for Children in Crisis, which helps children in Africa.”

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