A new world weightlifting record was among the highlights of the first three days of the first New Zealand Games, held in Christchurch from 23 to 26 January inclusive.
MV & SCU Russian breaking world record for weight lifting (5 shots)
MV & GV Start and finish of men's 800 metres (6 shots)
MV & GV PAN State and finish of men's 100 metres final (2 shots)
GV PAN Start and finish of men's 400 metres final (5 shots)
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Background: A new world weightlifting record was among the highlights of the first three days of the first New Zealand Games, held in Christchurch from 23 to 26 January inclusive.
The record was set on Saturday (25 January) by David Rigert of the U.S.S.R., with a light-heavyweight snatch life of 165 kilos (363? pounds). The previous record was 163.5 kilos (360? pounds). After breaking the mark, Rigert attempted to reach 200 kilos (450 pounds) in the clean jerk, but failed.
The New Zealand Games are to be an annual event following the success of last year's Commonwealth Games in Christchurch. They are being held in the Queen Elizabeth the Second Park, which was built for the Commonwealth Games and contains facilities meeting full international competition standards.
Many of the Commonwealth athletes who took part in last year's events have returned to Christchurch for the New Zealand Games, but their rank have been joined this year by competitors from such non-Commonwealth countries as the United States, the U.S.S.R., Japan, Sweden and Norway.
Other features of the first three days' events have been the men's 800-metres race, won on Friday (24 January) by Tanzania's Filbert Bayi, who set a new world record for the 1,500 metres at last year's Commonwealth Games; the men's 100 metres, won on Thursday (23 January) by Steve Riddick of the United States; and then men's 400 metres, won on Friday by Kenya's Steve Chepkwony.