Gareth Evans claims gold for Wales
Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans caused an upset in the men's 69kg class on Friday, with consistent lifting that forced his rivals to take risks at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.
Evans opened with a snatch of 130kg, which sent his rivals scrambling. Of the 14 lifters in the field, he was the only one successful in all three snatches - three other lifters delivered on their third snatch, as they pushed up their weights to try and overtake Evans' best of 136kg.
India’s Deepak Lather also finished the snatch round with 136kg, while Sri Lanka’s Indika C.d. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage led both lifters by just one kilogram.
Malaysia’s Muhammad Erry Hidyat and Sri Lanka’s Dissanayake Mudiyanselage both tried to match Evans' first clean and jerk of 160kg.
They were successful, but couldn't improve further and Evans took the lead with 165kg.
Samoa’s Vaipava Ioane was the only lifter remaining who could catch the Welsham, with his first clean and jerk attempt 10kg higher than any other lifter.
It meant Evans was forced to stand and watch as Ioane took his three lifts. And while he was successful with 170kg to move into fourth place, he failed at 175kg and Evans was champion.
Evans finished with six successful lifts out of six, totalling 299kg, two kilograms ahead of Dissanayake Mudiyanselage in silver, with Hidyat taking bronze, another two kilograms back.
This article was produced by Games News Service.