Brave Kirkbride sets new PB

04 August 2012 / 18:17

Weightlifter Peter Kirkbride overcame a torn bicep to fulfil his Olympic Games aspirations and record a total in the men's 94kg.

The Commonwealth Games silver medallist, from Kilmarnock, suffered the painful injury during his second attempt at the snatch but persevered to not just record a total but set a new personal best clean and jerk of 190kg.

Kirkbride's total of 328kg may not have eclipsed the 333kg he recorded in Deli 2010 but the 24-year-old certainly gains plenty of plaudits for his bravery and credit for posting such a solid total.

It was enough to secure seventh place in the B group, with a further 11 lifters going in Saturday night's A group, meaning the lowest he can finish is 18th overall.

Kirkbride was eager to make the most of the occasion, lapping up his reception when the lifters were introduced to a receptive ExCeL crowd and cranking the atmosphere further following a routine opening snatch of 138kg.

But the Scot's body language soon changed after he failed his second snatch at 142kg, sustaining injury as the bar dropped behind him and his left arm twisted.

It was troublesome enough to cause an agonised Kirkbride to drop his third and final attempt at 142kg, leaving him some way behind his snatch best of 150kg recorded in Minsk 2010.

There was a joint sigh of relief and roar of approval for the 24-year-old as he emerged after the interval to comfortably raise his first clean of jerk of 180kg and record a total.

But Kirkbride was not finished there, easily lifting 185kg - followed by a celebratory shimmy - and then 190kg.