Christine Girard of Canada achieved a rare feat of winning a medal in each of the last three Commonwealth Games weightlifting event.

The 25-year-old took gold in the 69kg weight class with a record total lift of 235kg at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex here on Friday.

Christine broke the Games' snatch and total records held by Madeleine Yamechi of Cameroon. Christine snatched 101kg to break the existing record and then improved it to 105, thus obliterating Madeleine's 100 set at Manchester.

When the Canadian lifted 126kg in jerk for a total of 231, she surpassed Madeleine's previous record of 230kg set in 2002. On her next attempt she raised the record to 235 with a lift of 130kg.

Janet Marie Georges of Seychelles took the silver medal and Itohan Ebireguesele of Nigeria took the bronze medal.

Mali loses out

Simplice Ribouem gave his adopted country Australia first gold medal by winning the men's 85 kg division with ease. The 28-year-old Cameroonian, who deserted his native country immediately after the 2006 Melbourne Games, lifted a total of 333, two kilogram more than New Zealand's Richard Patterson.

India's Chandrakant Mali lost the bronze medal to Mathieu Marineau of Canada on body weight as both hoisted a total of 325 kg.

The Aussie and the Kiwi were too strong for the field and thoroughly dominated the proceedings. Patterson, who matched Ribouem, in snatch with 150 kg, hoisted 181 in his second attempt in clean and jerk and failed going for 189 kg.

Having ensured gold, the Aussie asked for 194 after clearing 183 in his second chance to break the existing record of Pakistan's Shuja-ud-din Malik's 194 but failed.

Mali, who had all his family members and relatives watching him perform, did better than his Udaipur National display. He lifted 145 in snatch and 180 in jerk for a total 325.

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