Tia-Clair Toomey claims gold
She’s the fittest woman on earth and now Australia’s Tia-Clair Toomey is a Commonwealth Games champion after a dramatic victory in the women’s 58kg weightlifting category.
Toomey claimed gold with the last lift of the competition, a 114kg clean and jerk that gave her the gold medal by just 1kg over second placed Canadian Tali Darsigny.
Toomey finished with six successful lifts for a total of 201kg, Darsigny claimed silver with 200kg, Solomon Islands Jenly Wini won the bronze with 189kg.
“This gold medal means more than just a gold medal. My family, my team, my husband, we’ve trained so hard for this, it is a dream come true,” Toomey told Channel 7.
“I didn’t know exactly how much was on the bar, the crowd was so electric, I was really in the zone.
"To be able to do it in front of the home crowd was beyond words, it was simply incredible.
“Knowing my family were there and teammates, it was an incredible memory I’ll cherish forever."
Toomey started well in the snatch, successfully completing all three of her lifts at 80, 84 and 87kg. But Canada’s Darsigny was the last to step up to the platform and lifted 85 and 88kg before failing at 90kg on her final lift, taking a 1kg advantage into the clean and jerk.
It was a telling miss. From there it was a shootout for gold.
“She is one of the most amazing athletes out there,” Toomey said.
“It was a true honour to battle it out with her, I’ve never met her prior to this. I feel like we have shared something and an incredible journey.”
Darsigny started with 105kg in the clean and jerk, but Toomey responded with 107kg.
Darsigny hit straight back with 109kg. Toomey with 111kg.
Darsigny lifted 112kg with her final lift of the competition, leaving Toomey with 114kg and the final lift of the competition to claim gold.
With Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre rocking, Toomey would not be denied and claimed gold for Australia.
Toomey dedicated the win to her late cousin.
“Last Tuesday my little cousin passed away, so this is for her,” she said.
“This is a special moment and something I kind of feel will bring some light into the family.”