Canada and Australia yesterday (Wednesday) took top honours in the heavyweight divisions of the weightlifting finals.
Canada and Australia yesterday (Wednesday) took top honours in the heavyweight divisions of the weightlifting finals. R. Prior of Canada took the gold medal in the heavyweight division with a clean and jerk lift of 182 1/2 kilograms (approx 401 lbs). Prior's three lifts totalled 490 kilograms (approx. 1078 lbs.) and established a new British allcomers record. Prior's victory was narrow, and he faced competition from his compatriot E.P. Morris in the clean and jerk, with Morris just failing to lift 185 kilograms.
In the super heavyweight division a close competition resulted between R. Rigby of Australia and T.R. Perdue of Wales. Both men failed in the press -- Perdue on 182 1/2 kilograms and Rigby 177 1/2. However, Rigby emerged as the stronger lifter and in the clean and jerk held up 190 kilograms while Perdue failed with 182 1/2. Perdue and Rigby both had totals of 500 kilograms (approx. 1100 lbs.).