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22 rows · The 1974 British Commonwealth Games were held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 24 January to 2 February 1974.The bid vote was held in Edinburgh at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games. The Games were officially named "the friendly games". There were 1,276 competitors and 372 officials, according to the official history, and public attendance was excellent.Host city: Christchurch, New Zealand
Weightlifting is one of the sports at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games competition. It has been a Commonwealth Games sport since 1950. It is a core sport and must be included in the sporting programme of each edition of the Games. A total of 17 events were contested at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 8 for men 7 for women and two powerlifting events.
1974 Commonwealth Games - Graham May Face-plant - This classic sports mishap from the 1974 Commonwealth Games sees weightlifter Graham May fall flat on his face after passing out while holding a 187.5kg barbell over his head. Despite the fall May went on to win gold in the super heavyweight (110kg+) division, and weightlifting gained a local profile due to his and the NZ team's success. The ...
This television clip shows New Zealand weightlifter Graham May competing in the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch. Despite the setback of a fall, which became a frequently replayed television clip, May went on to win gold in the +110kg combined (superheavyweight) category.
Heavyweight lifter Don Oliver gained a silver medal at the Perth games in 1962 and won gold at Kingston in 1966. The 1974 British Commonwealth Games at Christchurch were a high point for New Zealand weightlifting, with the sport receiving mass publicity.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES MEDALLISTS - WEIGHTLIFTING First held in 1950. The number of lifts was reduced from 3 (press, snatch & clean and jerk) to 2 (snatch & clean and jerk) in 1974. From 1990 to 2002 separate medals were awarded for snatch & clean and jerk as well as for the combined total.
The athletes took the oath and Sylvia Potts, the runner who fell mere metres from a gold medal finish in the 1970 Games, entered the stadium with the Queen's Baton. It was presented to Prince Philip who read the message from the Queen declaring the 1974 Christchurch 10th British Commonwealth Games open.
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