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England’s Zoe Newson with her Gold Medal (centre), England’s Olivia Broome with her Silver Medal (left) and Kenya’s Hellen Kariuki with her Bronze Medal. Image provided by PA/Alamy.

Newson and Broome in double medal Powerlifting glory

Zoe Newson and Olivia Broome completed an England 1-2 in the Para Powerlifting Lightweight category to win gold and silver respectively at the Commonwealth Games.

Newson, who trains at the University, lifted 101kg to register a score of 102.2 to take the title, bettering her Gold Coast 2018 bronze in the same category.

Loughborough University student Olivia Broome took silver, her maiden Commonwealth medal, after lifting a huge 111kg in her final attempt to score 100.

The 4kg increase attempt was enough for a personal best for the Chorley local who now has back-to-back medals at major championships following her bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

In a technical competition of the highest standard, Kenya’s Hellen Kariuki's 98.5 secured bronze.

Following her podium finish, Olivia Broome said: “I’m over the moon. I was in my own zone, laser-focused on what I needed to do and wanted to achieve. It couldn’t have gone any better than it did.

“A medal means so much to me. When I started this sport, I never thought I’d be here now. I thought it would be years before I could call myself a Commonwealth silver medallist.”

Gold medal winner Newson added: “I was just trying for a PB [102kg], to enjoy it and do my best really. But coming away with the gold medal is a massive bonus. I didn't get the PB but I got the gold medal so I'm happy with that.”

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O‌livia Broome celebrates her 111kg lift. Image provided by PA/Alamy.

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