Weightlifters from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were out to do their best in the British Amateur Championships, held recently in Manchester, England.
Weightlifters from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were out to do their best in the British Amateur Championships, held recently in Manchester, England. As well as chasing titles, they were hoping for selection to compete at the Commonwealth Games to be staged in Canada in August. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland made several selections for their games teams, but English selectors chose only one man from the championship competitors. They had hoped to choose more but several upsets in the competitions forced them to postpone further decisions and they now plan to hold further trial before the Commonwealth Games.
SYNOPSIS: In the clean and jerk 90 kilos section Dave Brown for Wales attempts to lift 135 kilos.
England's Brian Strange, in the super heavyweight section, was also unfortunate.
Andy Drzewiecki, British 100 kilo champion, failed to score.
Strange again. This was his second attempt.
Reigning 90 kilo champion, Gary Langford, caused a major upset by failing to score.
With this 150 kilo lift Scotland's Jack Hynd came home second in the super heavyweight section....and seemed to bring a more positive element into the competition.
John Burns lifting 150 kilos. With this success he totalled 350 kilos in the 100 kilo class, and gained selection in the Welsh Commonwealth Games team.
England's Strange had more luck on his third attempt managing to lift 200 kilos. He won the super heavyweight division. But he still doesn't know if he's made it to the Commonwealth Games. Cheema Singh, for England, lifted 180 kilos to reach second place in the 90 kilos class.
England's Ken Price in the snatch managed to clear 190 kilos. He came in second in the 100 kilo class...but like England's other weightlifters he will have to compete at yet another trial before he will know whether he has been selected for the Commonwealth Games.