Commonwealth Games 2014: Weightlifting Gold for Canada's George Kobaladze

Updated: 01 August 2014 09:59 IST

George Kobaladze, who claimed bronze four years ago in Delhi, broke the Commonwealth Games record with a combined lift total of 400kg after registering 171kg in the snatch and 229kg in the clean and jerk.

Commonwealth Games 2014: Weightlifting Gold for Canada's George Kobaladze
Canadian weightlifter George Kobaladze in action at CWG 2014 © AP

Glasgow:

George Kobaladze of Canada claimed gold in the weightlifting over 105kg category on Thursday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (CWG Day 8 Wrap | Highlights | Results | Medal Tally)

The 38-year-old Kobaladze, who claimed bronze four years ago in Delhi, broke the Commonwealth Games record with a combined lift total of 400kg after registering 171kg in the snatch and 229kg in the clean and jerk. (Indian wrestlers wrap up two gold, a silver and a bronze)

Itte Detenamo continued the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru's fine tradition in weightlifting at the Games by claiming silver on 396kg and Damon Kelly won bronze for Australia on 388kg. (Vikas Gowda bags Discus gold)

"This was one of the most important lifts in the my career. It is my first win in an international competition and, at 38, I feel like I've used my last chance," said Kobaladze. (Indian men's hockey in semis)

"I was more confident on the last clean and jerk than I was on the first. I felt so tired before the clean and jerk, so I started light but when I knew I could get the gold medal it was easier."

Detenamo was disappointed to miss out on gold, despite taking the silver, as he had the chance to claim top spot with his last lift in the clean and jerk, but failed to lift the 229kg required to win.

"I'm happy and not happy. I came here to win gold but the competition was very fierce. I've got my team out there cheering for me, so that made me happy."

Topics : Weightlifting Commonwealth Games 2014
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