Emotional Chris Murray breaks Commonwealth Games record to win 81kg weightlifting gold

Emotional Chris Murray breaks Commonwealth Games record to win 81kg weightlifting gold in Birmingham… as the four-time national champion finally gets his hands on a global title

England’s Chris Murray is the Commonwealth champion after winning the 81kg weightlifting gold in Birmingham. 

The four-time British champion set a new Games record after lifting 325kg from his snatch and clean and Jerk lifts.

Australia’s Kyle Bruce took the silver after failing with his final 183kg attempt, to finish second with 323kg overall. 

Canada’s Nicolas Vachon won bronze after he dropped the bar behind his head while trying to lift 187kg. 

Chris Murray celebrated winning Commonwealth Gold in the 81kg weightlifting event 

Murray finished above Australia's Kyle Bruce and Canadian Nicolas Vachon in Birmingham

Murray finished above Australia’s Kyle Bruce and Canadian Nicolas Vachon in Birmingham 

The win did come with some controversy, after Bruce looked to have beaten Murray to the gold medal after his final lift appeared to have won him the event.

However, the English team lodged an appeal against the Australian and although the lift had been given a green light, it was then ruled out due to a hand press – where the elbow is deemed to have not locked properly.

The call was challenged by Australia’s team, but it was quickly dismissed and an emotional Murray let out a raw as he celebrated his Olympic win.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk

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