Yamechi lists the gold
02 August 2002
Madeleine Yamechi of Cameroon captured all three gold medals in the women’s up to 69kg weightlifting competition.
Neelam Sethi Laxmi of India who was making her return to competition after two years out following the birth of her child, won three silver medals. Sheba Deireragea of Nauru, 16, won three bronze medals to make her mark at the highest level of lifting in which she has taken part.
Yamechi, 26, was concentrated and determined all the way through the competition, finishing her overall challenge with a total lift of 230kg, 25kg more than Laxmi could manage.
Yamechi began by winning the snatch with her third and final lift of 100kg after Laxmi had been unable to progress beyond 95kg with her second attempt. Deireragea made two attempts to lift 95kg without success and remained on 90kg.
An ecstatic Yamechi said on winning the gold medal: “My English is not very good, but I am pleased to have won for my country.”
In the clean and jerk, Juliana Auguste of England set a new personal best of 92.5kg with a 2-1 judging of her third lift, marking her return to top level lifting after six years out with a succession of injuries.
Team-mate Sharon Oakley then took the UK record to a new high of 102.5kg with her second lift.
The tension mounted as the clean and jerk reached its climax. Laxmi failed at 120kg opening the door for Yamechi to secure the gold medal with a lift of 130kg. Bodyweight advantage gave Laxmi the silver over Deireragea when they both ended with a best lift of 110kg.
Laxmi said On returning to competition after two years: “I have been away from the sport to have a baby and I am delighted to have returned with three medals. Yamechi’s performance was outstanding.”
Info News Service/bn/rb