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CHEEMA DENIED WEIGHTLIFTING MEDAL
England's Gurbinder Cheema cruelly missed out on a weightlifting medal. Cheema lifted the same total amount as Malaysia's Che Che Mat but lost out as he went into the 105kg event with a higher body weight than his opponent.
Cheema was in first place after the snatch with a lift of 152kg but he could only manage 178kg in the clean and jerk, twice failing at 182kg.
"I'm disappointed to say the least," he said. "I wanted a medal here and should have had one but that's how it goes." Cheema weighed 104.77kg at the start of the tournament compared with Mat's 104.13kg.
He added: "With the injuries I've had in the last six to 12 months, I've done well just to get here. But you've got to set yourself high standards and the fact I didn't get a medal is very disappointing. I've got something to build on now."
Cheema won bronze in the 105kg at the Manchester Games
Gold went to Akos Sandor of Canada, while Valeriane Sarava (Australia) took silver.
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Men's 105 kg results