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It’s 10:00am on a Saturday and I have the kind of hangover that only comes from going for a “quick drink” after work and accidentally drinking six glasses of Chardonnay. I’m trying to keep the puffy face and pounding headache under wraps, though, because I’m about to go watch the Manitoba Open Weightlifting Competition, hosted at the University of Manitoba by the Hercules Weightlifting Club… continue reading..
MANITOBA WEIGHTLIFTING ASSOCIATION
MANITOBAN WEIGHTLIFTER WINS BRONZE AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
July 29, 2014
The Manitoba Weightlifting Association is pleased to announce that Manitoban Marie-Josée Arès-Pilon won bronze in the women’s 69 kg class yesterday. She had an excellent competition successfully lift 5 out of 6 attempts. She finished with 99kg in the snatch and 115kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 214kg.
Darryl Conrad also competed yesterday and made 4 out of 6 attempts in the men’s 85kg class to finish 7th overall. He finished with 133kg in the snatch and 165kg in the clean and jerk for a 298kg total.
Referee Richard Mason has been the chief weightlifting announcer at these Games and has been receiving rave reviews and was even contacted by a local Glasgow newspaper for an interview.
Closing ceremonies for the Games are scheduled for this Sunday, August 3rd.
In his first snatch attempt, Corad was successful at lifting 128kg. He then executed a lift of 133kg with efficiency on his second attempt. On his third attempt he requested that the weight be increased to 135kg, then 137kg and finally 138kg, creating screams of support from the energetic crowd, but was unsuccessful at that weight and remained with a weight of 133kg heading into the clean and jerk portion of the competition.
The Hercules Training Club athlete lifted 160kg on his first clean and jerk, and then asked for the weight to increase to 165kg for his second attempt. He was successful, much to the thrill of the crowd. Going for it, for his third attempt, once again the automatic increase wasn’t enough, so he asked for an increase to 169kg which would be a personal best for Conrad. The crowd gave an amazing amount of support, but it wasn’t a successful lift.
With a final total of 298, just 3kg off his best career weight, Conrad was happy with his Games performance.
“I think it was a good performance today, I was a later selection, so all things considered it’s tough to change from volume and speed to intensity, but overall I was happy with it.”
The weightlifting athlete obviously fed off the crowd and enjoyed the support a crowd like that at the Commonwealth Games could provide.
“It was the first time with a crowd like this, I was a bit too fired up on my last attempt there and have to learn to take it down a notch, but it was good. After the A group lifts, I hope to rank top 6, top 7, but I am happy with how I did with 4 for 6 lifts.”