England’s Newson wins Commonwealth powerlifting gold

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Zoe Newson raising the bar
Zoe Newson has won Paralympic bronze twice
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England’s Zoe Newson took the women’s lightweight powerlifting gold at the Commonwealth Games while compatriot Olivia Broome won silver.

The 30-year-old, who thought she would have to give up powerlifting when she became pregnant with son Duncan in 2018, scored 102.2 to take gold.

Broome finished second with a score of 100, while Kenya’s Hellen Kariuki’s 98.5 was enough for bronze.

Newson’s gold comes on top of the bronze he won at Gold Coast 2018.

She became pregnant shortly after those Games and returned to training about four months after Duncan was born.

Nigerians Onyinyechi Mark and Latifat Tijani, who could have challenged for gold, were disqualified from the event for arriving 25 minutes late for the pre-competition equipment check.

Isle of Man’s Kimberley Dean finished eighth with a score of 73.7.

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