Monday, April 09, 2018

Papua New Guinea's Steven Kari smashes Commonwealth clean and jerk record to retain men's 94kg weightlifting title at Gold Coast 2018

By Daniel Etchells at the Carrara Sports Arena 1 in Gold Coast 
Sunday, 8 April 2018
Inside the Games

Papua New Guinea’s Steven Kari successfully defended his Commonwealth Games title in the men’s 94 kilograms weightlifting event after breaking the 17-year-old clean and jerk Commonwealth record here today at Gold Coast 2018.

He was trailing Canada’s Boady Santavy by 13kg with two attempts remaining in the clean and jerk but incredibly managed to lift 216kg to claim victory with a total of 370kg.
It smashed the previous Commonwealth record, set by Australia’s Alexan Karapetyan in November 2001, by 6kg.
Victory for Kari also secured Papua New Guinea a first gold medal of Gold Coast 2018.
Santavy had to settle for the silver medal with a total of 369kg.
The 20-year-old managed 168kg in the snatch, breaking Karapetyan’s Commonwealth Games record of 167kg set at Manchester 2002.
He then finished on 201kg in the clean and jerk after failing with his last attempt at 206kg.
Santavy is currently facing criminal charges related to a hit and run back home but Commonwealth Games Canada President Rick Powers said he was eligible to compete because he has not been convicted of a crime.
According to a news release from Sarnia police dated March 19, Santavy was charged with failing to remain at the scene of collision after turning himself in.
He was released on a promise to appear in court, The Canadian Press reports.
Completing the men’s 94kg podium was India’s Vikas Thakur, who finished with a total of 351kg.
He managed 159kg in the snatch and 192kg in the clean and jerk.
Samoa’s Siaosi Leuo ranked third in the snatch with 156kg but bombed out in the clean and jerk after failing with all three of his attempts at 200kg.

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