Chamoun attempting 142kg snatch at the GamesThe weightlifting venue also saw another crowd stopping moment with legally blind Australian weightlifter Malek Chamoun taking home gold in the snatch and silver in the clean and jerk and overall.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games athlete said it was his best international total.

“My snatch was awesome, to get the 139kg was huge. The crowd was buzzing, so much energy. It’s the best crowd I’ve ever had,” said Chamoun.

“I’m just happy. These are the best medals I’ve ever had.”

In Glasgow last year a distraught Chamoun crashed out of the Commonwealth Games competition after recording three no-lifts at 140kg in the snatch.

But he took a more conservative approach in Port Moresby, his successful 139kg snatch enough to secure him the gold.Chamoun and Larkins on the dias at the Games

Another Australian, Zac Grgurevic, won three medals in the 105kg men’s division; silver in the snatch, and bronze in the clean and jerk and overall, pipped for second place by New Zealand’s Rory Taylor on body weight difference.

“It’s frustrating to lose on body weight, but I couldn’t be happier,” Grgurevic said.

“It was a the biggest battle I’ve ever had in competition and I can learn from it and develop.

“I don’t think you can ever complain when you medal at a big event.”

The 24-year-old said it was a highlight of his career.

“It’s really the best international trip I’ve ever been on,” he said.

“It’s an excellent warm-up area plus the village atmosphere has been fantastic, I’ve loved all the singing by the other countries, especially Samoa. ”

Tasmania born, now based in Victoria, he said the hard preparation paid off.

“When you get up there you know you’ve done all the work and it’ll come together,” he said.

“This ranks in top two of my favourite events, holding the junior national record is also up there.”