Stanislav Chalaev wins weightlifting silver
Stanislav Chalaev won New Zealand's third weightlifting medal at the Commonwealth Games this morning, repeating his silver medal feats from Delhi four years ago.
Competing in the 105kg class, the Siberian-born athlete belied the fact his preparation for Glasgow had been upset by a series of knee operations with some confident lifting in front of a packed house at the Clyde Auditorium.
''I had my last surgery in December last year, so I didn't have a lot of time to build up, which is why this time the build up, while rushed, is still very special because of the work I put in and came away with PBs,'' Chalaev said.
Chalaev was ranked second after the snatch with a lift of 155kg, just 2kg behind England's Ben Watson.
Coming into the clean and jerk at 183kg, Chalaev completed his next two lifts to lead the competition with a couple of heavy hitters still to enter the fray.
Topping out at 141kg for the clean and jerk, with his total of 341kg well above his recent best, he could only be headed by Kiribati's David Katoatau, who had three attempts at 194kg to claim gold.
He only needed one, sending the crowd into raptures when it was announced that it was his tiny island nation's first Commonwealth Games medal of any colour, and relegating Chalaev to silver.
Katoatau went on to a 200kg clean and jerk for a total of 348kg total.
''There's going to be a big party for the first medal for Kiribati,'' Katoatau said.
''Thanks to my country and thanks to my coach Paul Coffa.''
Watson finished with bronze.