Evans falls short of British records

31 July 2012 / 15:02

Weightlifter Gareth Evans set three new personal bests when he took to the Olympic stage in the men's 69kg although the British records narrowly evaded him.

It may only have been enough to claim eighth place in the B group, with a further 14 A group lifters to go, but the Welshman did himself proud, saving the best lifts of his career for London 2012.

The 26-year-old was clearly pumped up for the event, thoroughly enjoying himself on stage and cranking the atmosphere higher at the ExCeL, where British flags were waving aplenty.

He comfortably took on 125kg in his first snatch attempt before going on to lift 130kg - overtaking his previous PB of 126kg - but struggled to get enough on his final attempt of 133kg, which would have beaten Stewart Cruikshank's British record of 132.5kg set 10 years ago.

Evans, in his first Games, then made light work of 153kg and 158kg in the clean and jerk, surpassing his PB by three kilos, but again came up just short in his final lift of 160kg.

It meant his 288kg total smashed his previous best of 277kg, with Cruikshank's British record standing at 297.5kg.