Commonwealth Games: Kiwi weightlifter Richie Patterson to retire after failing to defend medal

  • 08/04/2018

Richie Patterson has left his farewell Commonwealth Games competition empty- handed and devastated after three no-lifts in the men's 85kg division on the Gold Coast.            

In his fourth and final Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Glasgow gold medallist failed three times in his attempt to snatch 143kg and was eliminated.      

Patterson, who also won silver at the 2010 New Delhi Games, was devastated and at a loss to explain his failure.             

"I warmed up perfectly. We were being conservative coming in under 145kg. I just felt disconnected on stage," he said afterwards.       

A three-time Olympian, the 34-year-old Aucklander said the opportunity to contest four Commonwealth Games was unheard of in weightlifting and it was disappointing to end his 20-year career in the sport on such a low.              

"I am so proud to be part of this New Zealand team and so gutted this is how it ended up."        

Patterson says he will remain heavily involved in coaching and administration, with his next goal centred on guiding the next generation medallists to the top of the podium.    

Kiwi teammate Cam McTaggart didn't get the fairytale homecoming he wanted.

The 20-year-old, who was born on the Gold Coast, came seventh in the men's 77kg division with a combined total of 290kg - a 130kg snatch and 160kg clean and jerk.           

"I didn't quite get the numbers that I was going for but I'm feeling content," he said afterwards.              

"My clean and jerk is a PB in this weight class. It wasn't the weight that got me, it was my body and how it was moving."               

The event was won by India's Sathish Kumar Sivalingam with a combined total of 317kg.               

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