Australia’s Aydan McMahon and Kiana Elliott were both wonderful ambassadors for our sport at the Youth Olympics.
The following is courtesy of Australian Olympic Committee:

Aydan McMahon lifted his way into the Australian weightlifting record books once again beating his snatch and total by two kilograms. McMahon WAS over the moon with his performance, lifting 100 in the snatch and 121 in the clean and jerk.

“It was amazing! I can’t even describe the feeling of competing at a Youth Olympic Games,” he said.

The Tumut teenager snatched 100kg to beat his own Australian record by 2 kg and lifted 121kg in the clean and jerk. A total of 221kg gave the weightlifter two Australian records from the tournament, beating his old total of 219kg.

Kiana Elliott did what she went to Nanjing to do - a personal best. The Sydney Year 12 student traded her paint brushes for lycra at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China to lift a total of 164kg and finish seventh in the 63kg division. Elliott entered the Games with a personal best of 77kg in the snatch, and on the YOG stage she managed a lift of 78kg - a new Junior Australian Record.

“It was definitely great to break that Australian Youth Record at such a big international competition,” the 17-year-old said. “The atmosphere here in Nanjing was pretty cool. It’s such an awesome stadium. Being up on the podium with the crowd in tiers in front of you is a pretty cool situation to lift in - it really gets you fired up.” With back injuries plaguing her preparation, Elliott was also satisfied with her lift of 86kg in the clean and jerk - just shy of her 89kg personal best.

It took two attempts for Elliott to start her campaign, missing her first snatch attempt at 73kg before succeeding on her second lift. She then raised the bar at 79kg, much to the delight of supporting teammate Aydan McMahon and coach Gregory Hobl. In the clean and jerk, she started on 86kg and had trouble with her next two lifts at 88kg.