Australian super-heavyweight Damon Kelly and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Erika Ropati-Frost, both won gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Penang.
Australia also picked up four silver medals and two bronze medals in a successful week of lifting.
Kelly, the two-time Olympian and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist was sitting second after the snatch section, but when his main rival, Samoa’s Lauititi Lui, missed all his lifts in the clean and jerk, the gold medal was Kelly’s.
It’s Kelly’s second Commonwealth Championship title, after he won gold in 2012. He finished Saturday’s competition with 163kg in the snatch and 210 in the clean and jerk, for a total of 373kg.
Ropati-Frost, who won bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, blitzed the field in the women’s 58kg division, finishing 20 kilograms ahead of her nearest rival, Malaysia’s Marlyne Marceeta.
Her main rival for the gold, Welshwoman Christie Williams, was unsuccessful at her three lifts in the snatch and bowed out of the competition.
It was a welcome return to form for 29-year-old Ropati-Frost, who missed qualification for Rio after battling through injury.
Kaitlyn Fassina broke through for her first medal at a major competition with a perfect six lifts, finishing the +75kg division with a total of 229kg to finish with the silver medal.
Samoa’s Iuniarra Sipaia was a convincing winner of the gold medal, lifting a total of 243kg.
33 year-old veteran Seen Lee displayed a performance that shows she is a strong contender to be named in the Gold Coast Team and contest her fourth Commonwealth Games adding to her previous outings in 2002 where she won the bronze medal and the silver medal from 2010.
Lee was leading the field after the snatch section in the 63kg category with a lift of of 86kg to Pretorius’s 84kg. The order changed in the clean & jerk with Lee finishing with 102kg compared to the South African’s 110kg which earned Pretorious the Gold medal leaving Lee to be content with the silver.
Silver medals also went to 2014 Commonwealth Games athlete, Kylie Lindbeck, and world championships lifter Philippa Malone, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Francois Etoundi, and newcomer Ben Shaw picked up bronze medals.
Canberra’s Lindbeck, who underwent surgery after the Glasgow Games, showed she is back to her best by lifting 93kg in the snatch and 106kg in the clean and jerk to win silver in the women’s 75kg division.
Newcastle’s Malone, who only took up weightlifting after the Glasgow Games in 2015, already has a Pacific Games gold medal to her name, and can now add a Commonwealth Championships silver medal in the women’s 69kg.
Malone successfully snatched 87kg, but missed what would have been a personal best of 89kg, and then lifted 105kg in the clean and jerk to secure second.
Cameroon-born Etoundi, who will be aiming for his third Commonwealth Games for Australia and fourth overall in 2018, took home the bronze in a quality men’s 85kg division by snatching 136kg and clean and jerking 166kg, giving him a 302kg total.
Queensland’s Ben Shaw was elated with his bronze medal in the 94kg division, with teammate Samuel Kennedy falling just short of also finishing in the medals on his Australian debut.
Shaw, with 135kg, was sitting in the silver medal position and Kennedy, with 132kg, the bronze after the snatch section.
Both lifters followed up with successful lifts at 165kg in the clean and jerk, but Kennedy missed his next two lifts at 171 and 172kg which would have earned him a medal.
Shaw finished with a 300kg total to take bronze, while Kennedy, a strength and conditioning coach with the Sydney Roosters rugby league team, finished fourth.