England celebrate two Commonwealth golds in Weightlifting
The 23-year-old lifted an incredible Games record total of 325kg.
England claimed two gold medals in the Weightlifting on Monday as Sarah Davies added to Chris Murray's earlier success at the NEC.
Murray won gold in the men's 81kg Weightlifting with a new Commonwealth Games record as he came out on top after Australia’s Kyle Bruce and Canadian Nicolas Vachon failed to overtake him in dramatic circumstances.
Murray led at the halfway point after completing a 144kg snatch, with Bruce, his, closest challenger, trying and failing twice to lift 147kg.
The flawless four-time British champion lifted 181kg in the clear and jerk and his new Games record of 325kg proved a winning total.
Bruce successfully completed a 180kg clean and jerk and initially got three green lights for his 183kg attempt, which would have put him into the gold medal position.
But it was ruled out by the jury because his left elbow was bent.
Vachon’s victory attempt was undone when he dropped the bar after appearing to make a successful lift.
“I couldn’t watch it,” said the 22-year-old Murray.
To win in front of a home crowd is amazing
“I had a towel over my head, the earphones in, and had a bit of a cry. I was so overwhelmed.
“Part of me is a bit upset I didn’t watch it, but I couldn’t put myself through it.
“I was just so happy with the British record and PBs and that was enough for me.
“When my coach told me I’d won gold I broke down again. To win in front of a home crowd is amazing.”
Gold Coast runner-up in the 69kg category, Davies made it a second Weightlifting gold for of the day England, breaking the Commonwealth and three Games records with gold in the women's 71kg after a combined lift of 229kg.
Davies lifted 103kg for the Commonwealth record in the snatch before adding a further Games record of 126kg in the clean and jerk as she beat silver medallist Alexis Ashworth of Canada and India's Harjinder Kaur to the title.
She hopes her performance has inspired her nephew, saying: "The lion in me came out to fight (on the second lift). I knew it was for glory and I just dug in.
"I think my nephew might want to try now. He was here watching me for the first time, rather than on television.
"Hopefully this will inspire him and others to pick up a bar and train."
Canada's Maude Charron, who clinched gold at in 2018, celebrated another victory as she took the top step of the podium, breaking three Games records in the women's 64kg for a combined lift of 231kg.
Charron lifted 101kg in the snatch before a further 130kg in the clean and jerk to take the title ahead of Australia's Sarah Maureen Cochrane and bronze medallist Islamiyat Adebukola Yusuf of Nigeria.
After becoming Olympic champion last year, she was delighted to claim this title in front of her parents, saying: "I was really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games because my parents were here and they weren't in Tokyo at the Olympics - no one was there.
"Standing on the podium with the anthem playing, knowing that they were there, I got a chill from it. They were singing the anthem with me - that was really important for me."