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Weightlifting

Weightlifting sees the strongest athletes in the Commonwealth Games compete to raise the biggest possible weights into the air.

2022 Opening Ceremony flagbearer Emily Campbell’s personality and strength drew crowds in their thousands to the sell-out venue. Upon winning gold, she roared “COME ON BIRMINGHAM” before she two-stepped off the podium and swung her belt around her head. To win gold, Emily not only had to lift an overall PB but also secured three Games records.

Fraer Morrow won a bronze in the Women’s 55kg class, capturing England’s first medal of the competition against strong opposition from India and Nigeria. England’s first medal was swiftly followed by a silver medal winning performance from ex-judo player Jess Gordon-Brown in the Women’s 59kg category who showed her athleticism not only to secure the medal but also with a back flip to celebrate.

The first gold medal for the team came from Men’s 81kg lifter Chris Murray, in a performance which required personal bests and Games records to win an incredibly competitive group. 

The 23-year-old brings a two-decade drought to an end as he becomes the first British male to win a gold medal since Manchester 2002. 

Sarah Davies maintained the team’s medal winning momentum in the Women’s 71kg category, bringing home a second gold medal for that day and recording more Games records and personal bests in the process. 

All team members finished inside the top six and recorded numerous personal bests and British records in the process with several athletes securing hard earned 4th place finishes against strong competition from other leading Commonwealth nations.

Team England previous weightlifting medals

Zoe
Smith
Weightlifting
Emily
Godley
Weightlifting
Natalie
Blake
Weightlifting
Jack
Oliver
Weightlifting
Zoe
Smith
Weightlifting
Sarah
Davies
Weightlifting
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Zoe
Smith
Weightlifting
Ali
Jawad
Weightlifting
Ali
Jawad
Weightlifting
Owen
Boxall
Weightlifting
Emily
Campbell
Weightlifting
46
Gold
47
Silver
22
Bronze
115
Total

Weightlifter Zoe Smith battles to win silver for Team England lifting 115kg. 

Zoe had done this weight before, and after a long journey from getting gold in Glasgow, she fought again and returned home with a silver medal.

You might need to know...

In weightlifting each athlete has three attempts to lift the largest possible weight
Weightlifting competition consists of two separate lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk and each competitor is allowed a maximum of three attempts at each of the different lifts; if they fail to register a valid lift in one of the categories they are eliminated
The athlete who lifts the heaviest weight wins but if two athletes lift the same weight successfully then the winner will be the athlete with the lightest bodyweight
A good lift is judged by three officials who indicate a good lift with a white light on the scoreboard, the majority decision is carried
The winner of the weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games will be the athlete who lifts the biggest total weight across the two lifts

Weightlifting has been a Commonwealth sport since 1950 and Team England are currently third on the all-time medal table.


At Birmingham 2022, weightlifting was held alongside para-powerlifting at the NEC.

Team Leader

Stuart Martin

Stuart Martin

Stuart has more than 10 years of experience in performance sport and has led Olympic, World, European & Commonwealth medal-winning teams.

He has occupied a variety of leadership roles, supporting the development of athletes, coaches and practitioners across a number of sports and disciplines.

Stuart led the Team England weightlifting team, in the 2018 Commonwealth Games where they won the most medals in the team's history. He has also led Great Britain to win multiple international medals including the first-ever Women’s Olympic medal at Tokyo 2020, first-ever Women’s World Championship silver medal and first-ever European champion.

Stuart will lead both the weightlifting and para  powerlifting teams at Birmingham 2022

Stuart Martin
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