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Commonwealth Games 2002: Weightlifting: Morgan a six hit after lifting three silvers.

Byline: Matt Lloyd

COMMONWEALTH great David Morgan has hailed his latest Games haul as the sweetest moment of his distinguished career.

The 38-year-old weightlifter claimed a triple silver in the men's 77kg class at Manchester to add to a bulging trophy cabinet that already includes seven golds and two silvers from his five previous Games.

It was yet another remarkable achievement in a remarkable career that began as a 18-yearold in Brisbane when he struck gold in the lightweight division.

Twenty years on and balancing his sporting career with a fulltime job as a personal trainer, Morgan proved once more he can cut it with the world's elite becoming the first sportsman or woman to win a medal at six Commonwealth Games.

``This is probably the greatest memory of my career, not so much the silvers, but to win medals at six Games,'' he said.

``Certainly, back in 1982 I didn't think I would be here in 2002.''

Morgan lifted 145kg but had to settle for silver in the snatch when Australian Damian Brown hauled up 147.5kg breaking the Games record set four years ago by India's Satheesha Rai, who came third.

In the clean and jerk he took the silver thanks to his lighter body weight after lifting the same amount as bronze medalist Renos Doweiya.

``I was expecting a medal in the snatch, but not so much in the clean and jerk,'' added Morgan.

``After my lifts I thought I had two bronzes, but the Australian had a bad day and that's weightlifting, him and the Indian psyched themselves out a bit.''

Rai won overall gold, with Renos Doweiya of Naura taking the bronze.

Morgan's three Manchester silvers will now take pride of place with Commonwealth gold from Brisbane (1982), Edinburgh (1986), three in Auckland (1990), two golds and a silver in VictoriaVETERAN HERO Weightlifter David Morgan. (1994) and a silver in Kuala Lumpur four years ago.

And Morgan, who came fourth in the Seoul Olympics back in 1988, refused to rule out the possibility of an amazing seventh Games in Melbourne in four year's time.

``I doubt it, but you never know. Certainly I won't be doing another Olympics that's for sure,'' he said.

``I will be 42 when Melbourne comes around and that's old. It's getting harder, especially when I have to work full-time and a lot of these boys just eat, sleep and train for weightlifting.''

His next challenge, however, will be preparing for an assault on Africa's highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya to raise money for charity Children in Crisis.

Meanwhile Morgan's colourful younger brother Tony finished sixth overall after an entertaining display that included a series of bizarre dance routines after his successful lifts.

Cardiff-based Non Evans, disappointed by her early exit from the judo competition, lifted a personal best of 70kg in the women's 63kg class.

Evans had stepped up in category to be able to compete in the judo and finished a creditable eighth.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 2, 2002
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