Australia finished this year’s Commonwealth Games with one silver and two bronze medals.
While it was disappointing we went without a Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold for the first time since 1950, there were lots of positive signs for our sport.
Our silver medal came courtesy of Simplice Ribouem in the 94kg category. Simplice was desperately unlucky not to repeat his gold-medal winning performance from four years earlier.
Francois Etoundi won bronze in the 77kg division, while Damon Kelly added a bronze to his substantial medal collection in the super heavyweight division.
Another of our more experienced lifters, Deborah Acason, finished a close fourth in her +75kg division, while Gold Coast lifter Tegan Napper continued to impress with a close fourth in the 48kg division, at her first Commonwealth Games outing.
Another first-time lifter, Canberra’s Kylie Lindbeck, was fifth in the 75kg division, as was Erika Ropati-Frost in the 53kg class.
In the men’s, Robert Galsworthy finished fifth in the 105kg division.
Abede Fekadu in the men’s 72kg and Jessica Formosa in the women’s +61kg both finished fourth in their powerlifting events.
International Weightlifting Federation President Dr Tamas Ajan rated the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as the friendliest he has been to in 40 years.
Dr Ajan went to his first Commonwealth Games in 1974, but found this year’s the most welcoming.
“Glasgow 2014 is the friendliest Games I have experienced so far and the Weightlifting competition is a real success,” Dr Ajan said.
Dr Ajan was presented with a special award from Commonwealth Games CEO Mike Hooper, in recognition of his contribution to the Games over four decades.