Paralifter Wawira claims bronze at Commonwealth Games

Paralifter Wawira claims bronze at Commonwealth Games

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Powerlifting - Women's -41 kg Final - Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan - August 26, 2021. Hellen Wawira Kariuki of Kenya during the final REUTERS/Molly Darlington

  • Wawira, coached by David Omondi, lifted 95kg and 97kgs before failing to lift 99kg ending up with a mean weightlift of 98.5kg
  • British power-lifter Zoe Newson, 30, edged her teammate Olivia Broome by two points to take the gold medal

Paralifter Hellen Wawira Kariuki finishing third in the women’s lightweight final to take bronze as she become the latest non track and field athlete to win a medal for Kenya at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Wawira, coached by David Omondi, lifted 95kg and 97kgs before failing to lift 99kg ending up with a mean weightlift of 98.5kg.

British power-lifter Zoe Newson, 30, edged her teammate Olivia Broome by two points to take the gold medal.

Broome increased her PB by 4kg in today's competition to win the silver medal after going head-to-head in the women's lightweight final.

The English pair had an average of 102.2 and 100.0 respectively.

So far Kenya sits 14th on the medal standings with one gold, three silvers and four bronze.

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