Good News Friday: Commonwealth Games Special

Emily Campbell Credit: Getty Images/Ryan Pierse / Staff
Emily Campbell Credit: Getty Images/Ryan Pierse / Staff
This week, we’re celebrating three amazing athletes that have seen success at the 2022 Commonwealth Games hosted in Birmingham, UK

Lifting gold 

28-year-old Emily Campbell of Samoa claimed weightlifting gold in the women’s +87kg category by setting a new personal best and Games record of 124kg in the snatch portion of the event. 

“I’d done it in training but never on stage, and what a time to do it,” Emily said. “To get personal bests and six out of six lifts, it’s what every weightlifter aims for. I couldn’t be happier with the way it went today. Some would say it has been the perfect Games.”

Hannah Cockroft Credit: Getty Images/David Ramos / Staff

Record setter

On the first day of the competition, England’s Hannah Cockroft, who has seven Paralympic titles, won gold in the T33/34 100m, setting a new Games record time of 16.84. 

"That crowd just wants you to go out there. When you hear that noise. It took me back 10 years," Hannah said. "It took me back to the Paralympics and I revelled in it."

Emma McKeon Credit: Getty Image/Clive Brunskill / Staff

Winning gold

Emma McKeon has collected four gold medals so far during the games. The 28-year-old is taking home medals for women's 50m Butterfly, the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay, women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay and women's 50m Freestyle.

Emma says: "I feel great. I think that was my 13th race. I've been counting since I got to halfway and that was on day two. That's my first international medal in the 50 fly and my main focus is the 100 fly and it's good to know I have that speed.

"The 50 fly is about keeping your stroke and getting your hand on the wall first."

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