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East Bergholt powerlifter Zoe Newson wins gold medal at the Commonwealth Games



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Suffolk's Zoe Newson claimed her first Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham last night, beating fellow English competitor Olivia Broome.

The 30-year-old powerlifter, from East Bergholt, won with 102.2 points - two more than Broome - to take home the gold medal.

Newson narrowly missed out on recording a new personal best (102kg), lifting 101kg in her final lift of the women's lightweight competition.

Zoe Newson won gold for Team England in the women's lightweight powerlifting. Picture: Team England
Zoe Newson won gold for Team England in the women's lightweight powerlifting. Picture: Team England

Despite that, she said to win the gold medal 'is a massive bonus'.

“I was just trying for a PB [102kg], to enjoy it and do my best really," said Newson.

"But coming away with the gold medal is a massive bonus. I didn't get the PB but I got the gold medal so I'm happy with that.

“As soon as I found out I just burst out crying backstage.”

Meanwhile, Ipswich's Hannah Martin continue to reap the rewards of success with her England hockey team-mates.

Martin made it five goals for the tournament in England's 5-0 win over Wales yesterday. It meant the women's hockey team booked their place in the semi-final against New Zealand.