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Karapetyn lifts Aussies to hat-trick of golds

02 August 2002

Alex Karapetyn wins three gold medals and establishes new Commonwealth Games record for 96kg snatch.

Alex Karpetyn

Karapetyn sets a new Games record

In both snatch and clean & jerk, the 31-year-old Karapetyn waited until the other 12 competitors had completed their challenges before emerging to claim the gold medal with his first lift.

Then he tried to embellish the gold with a significant second lift and although he was successful in taking the snatch record to 167.5kg he could not match the crowd’s expectations when he tried to lift 215kg as a finale to the clean & jerk.

Karapetyn won the overall gold medal with 365 kg followed by England’s David Guest with 345 and the 21-year-old Julien Galipeau of Canada on 342.5.

In the snatch, Karapetyn topped the field with 167.5 with Guest on the silver medal at 160 and Tommy Yule of Scotland taking the bronze medal with 157.5. Yule had won silver on duty for England in the 1998 Games.

Karapetyn clinched the gold in the clean & jerk with 197.5 followed by Galipeau on silver with 192.5 with Karl Grant of England taking the bronze with

In the snatch, Galipeau equalled his personal best of 150 on his second lift and improved it to 155. Yule improved his personal best three times before Guest overtook him with his final lift.

In the clean & jerk, Guest’s first lift of 185 kg was approved on a 2-1 count by the judges but then overturned by the jury. Guest met his target with his second lift of 185 but missed his bid for 192.5.

Grant opened with 187.5 but could not meet two attempts at 195. And all the time Karapetyn was waiting.

This was a first Commonwealth Games competition for the Armenian-born Karapetyn who became an Australian citizen in 1999. He has been a significant figure in lifting for a decade and everything he did today suggested that his impressive record will be maintained.

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