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Commonwealth Games: Weightlifting gold for Canada's Kobaladze

George Kobaladze of Canada claimed gold in the weightlifting over 105kg category on Thursday (July 31) at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

GLASGOW: George Kobaladze of Canada claimed gold in the weightlifting over 105kg category on Thursday (July 31) at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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.

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.

"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. "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."

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