Commonwealth Games: Etoundi battles through torn bicep for bronze in weightlifting

Australian weightlifter Francois Etoundi has battled through a torn bicep to claim Bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

Indian athlete Sathish Kumar Sivalingam won the men’s 77kg weightlifting by 5kg over England’s Jack Oliver.

Etoundi started strongly at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, celebrating his third successful snatch with a backflip on the platform.


However, he was third after the snatch round, with Oliver leading and Sivalingam second.

Etoundi lifted 162kg in his first clean and jerk, then failed at 168kg, clutching his left shoulder.

“When I put the bar down I heard a ‘click’,” he said.

“I didn’t want to show the coaches how much I was hurting because I wanted to try 175kg on my last lift, but they were a little bit scared to let me.”

On his final lift he attempted 169kg.

However, he came back to the stage to collect his bronze medal with his arm in a sling.

“This is my home crowd. I didn’t want to disappoint them,” he said.

“I know that if I didn’t have this injury, this would have been a gold medal for sure – 100 per cent,”