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Final Push for Commonwealth Weightlifters


Since competition kicked off at Glasgow 2014 last Thursday, the Commonwealth’s strongest men and women have been defying gravity in a bid to take home Weightlifting Gold.

This super-charged event – where the weight of a feather can mean the difference between medal glory and going home empty handed – has been taking place in Glasgow’s famous Armadillo at the SECC Precinct, and the atmosphere has been nothing short of electric.

The action continues today with the Final of the Women’s +75kg at 15.30, the conclusion of the Men’s 105kg competition at 19.30, and tomorrow’s +105kg Final which will see one athlete crowned the strongest man of the Commonwealth.

Tonight’s 105kg Weightlifting Final could see Kiribati win its first ever Commonwealth Games medal, and David Katoatu wants to ensure its Gold. He debuted at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games and almost won his nation’s first medal at Delhi 2010, with his fourth position in the 94kg category.

David will face tough opposition from New Zealand's Delhi 2010 Silver medallist Stanislav Chalaev, and Samoans Faavae Faauliuli and Tovia Opeloge – who hopes to emulate his brother Niusila Opeloge who took Gold in this category four years ago.

In tomorrow afternoon’s +105kg Final, Damon Kelly of Australia will be looking to repeat his Gold medal and Commonwealth record in the Clean and Jerk from Delhi 2010.

The women’s Weightlifting competition comes to its epic conclusion today, with the +75kg Final seeing the two top lifters in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation rankings going head to head. Maryam Usman of Nigeria will be looking to improve on the Silver she won at Delhi 2010, but Ele Opeloge of Samoa won’t be ceding her title from four years ago without a fight!

You can still catch the last Weightlifting action of Glasgow 2014. Tickets are available for today’s Final in the Women’s +75kg, and start at just £25.00. Don’t miss your chance to see the Commonwealth’s strongest athletes lift for medal glory.

All sales are now ‘for collection’, so you can buy from the Ticketing website or from the Ticket Hotline on 0800 458 2014*, then collect the tickets at our city centre George Square Ticket Office or a Venue Ticket Office.

Don’t forget the Para-Sport Powerlifting competition takes over the Clyde Auditorium on 2 August. With four Golds up for grabs, the competition is going to be fierce!

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