Brighton University graduate wins medal at the Commonwealth Games


England’s Jessica Gordon Brown won a silver medal in the women’s 59 kg weightlifting.

Nigeria’s Rafiatu Folashade Lawal won gold at the event.

The 25-year-old triumphed with a new Commonwealth Games record of 200kg on her snatch and clean and jerk lifts.

Gordon Brown, 26, lifted 197kg and finished second ahead of bronze medalist Tali Darsigny, 24, who won silver in 2018.

Gordon Brown, who was twice crowned national acrobatic gymnastics champion as a youth, said she found her true calling during her final year at Brighton University.

“I’m so glad I finally found the right one for me after three different sports,” she said.

“I think I’m built for it, and I’m glad I stumbled into it. A happy coincidence.”

The athlete, who was also a budding judoka before switching to weightlifting, celebrated his medal win with a somersault at the NEC Arena in Birmingham.

“It was pure euphoria,” she said on the BBC. “I know I didn’t quite pull it off, it wasn’t a perfect backflip but you know what, it just goes to show how much I put into that final clean and jerk.

“I didn’t really know how to celebrate, it just happened.”

Sixth was Hannah Crymble from Northern Ireland. Brighton University graduate wins medal at the Commonwealth Games

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