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Commonwealth Games: England’s Louise Sugden wins Para-powerlifting silver

April 9, 2018

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England’s Ali Jawad wins powerlifting bronze
2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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England’s Louise Sugden won Commonwealth silver in the women’s heavyweight Para-powerlifting after team-mates Zoe Newson and Ali Jawad took bronze in their events.

Sugden, 33, who only took up the sport nine months ago, lifted 103kg to finish behind Nigeria’s Ndidi Nwosu.

Newson, 26, earlier won bronze in the women’s lightweight final.

And Rio silver medallist Jawad, 29, won men’s lightweight bronze for the second consecutive Games.

He matched his result in Glasgow with a best lift of 161kg, to give him 182.7 points.

Jawad, who has Crohn’s disease, admitted he thought his career “was pretty much over last year”.

“I have only been training for six weeks so to perform like that was incredible. Just to be here was amazing and I just had to think of the dark times to inspire me,” he said.

“For me this cycle is about the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and pushing for gold there and if I am healthy in the next two years, I’ll be up there.”

Defending champion Paul Kehinde of Nigeria had to settle for silver as team-mate Roland Ezuruike took gold.

Sugden, 33, previously played wheelchair basketball for Great Britain, competing at both the Beijing and London Paralympic Games.

Newson, a Paralympic bronze medallist, finished third behind Nigeria’s Esther Oyema who broke the world record on her way to securing a third consecutive Commonwealth title, with team-mate Lucy Ejike taking silver.

England’s Oliver Brown finished sixth in the men’s lightweight, with Wales’ Nathan Stephens in 10th. England’s Natalie Blake was seventh in the women’s event.

Bridgend lifter Stephens, a former F57 javelin world record holder and world champion, has only been powerlifting for just over a year but managed 140kg with his final attempt to finish on 137.2 points.

Ezuruike lifted 194kg to give him 224.3 points as he upgraded his silver from Glasgow to gold, with Kehinde on 219.9 points having lifted 211kg.

Medals in the Para-powerlifting are decided on a formula which combines a competitor’s bodyweight and the weight they lift.