Weightlifter Wong off to Glasgow for C'wealth Games

Weightlifter Wong off to Glasgow for C'wealth Games
Singapore's athlete Scott Wong lifted a total of 312kg at the Nottingham Open, a result that earned the former thrower selection for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July 2014 as a weightlifter instead.

SINGAPORE - Weightlifter Scott Wong has been given the nod to represent the Republic at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which will take place from July 23 to Aug 3.

The 23-year-old lifted 312kg total (135kg snatch, 177kg clean and jerk) at the Central England Open in Nottingham, England, last Saturday, to match the sixth-placed mark of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The Singapore Weightlifting Federation submitted an appeal on his behalf and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced yesterday that it was approved.

Wong, a former discus thrower, had achieved a personal best of 303kg at the British Student Championship last month, but his appeal for inclusion then was turned down as the weight he lifted was short of the required mark.

He now joins the 70 athletes who had earlier been selected by the SNOC and will compete in the men's 105kg class in Glasgow.

This article was first published on May 23, 2014.
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