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Other Sports - 08. October 2010.


BRITISH weight lifters competing at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi have experienced mixed fortunes over the last 24 hours. Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Michaela Breeze had to settle for silver in the 63kg category, the Welsh lifter securing her country’s first lifting medal of the Delhi games on her last performance before retiring.

Breeze overcame a collapse during an early unsuccessful lift, brought on by the bar pressingon her windpipe and restricting oxygen flow, but came straight  back out to salvage her Games with a successful lift.

After the snatch Breeze was leading the competition with 92kg, while Nigerian teenager Obioma Okoli was second with 90kg.

She came out for the clean and jerk at 110kg and, after cleaning it well, caught the bar on her wind pipe. Pausing before the jerk, the oxygen to her brain was restricted and she collapsed. With no other lifter opting for 110kg she was forced to follow herself and, after a successful clean, she then put up a confident jerk to get the 110kg and take the lead.

But Breeze was unsuccessful at 113kg, and Okoli went on to lift 115kg and clinch the gold, before finally lifting an impressive 121kg which equalled the Commonwealth Games record and gave her a total of 211kg.

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