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Cameroonian weightlifter wins 3 gold medals at Commonwealth Games - 2002-08-01


Cameroonians are celebrating a spectacular performance by weightlifter Tientcheu Dabaya at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

The 21-year-old Dabaya won three gold medals July 31 in the 69-kilogram division. He took top honors in the snatch, the clean and jerk, as well as the overall title. The African lifted a total overall weight of 310-kilograms, a new Commonwealth Games record.

Pakistan's Muhammad Irfan lifted the same overall weight. But, the gold medal went to Dabaya since he weighs less than Irfan. England's Stewart Cruikshank took the overall bronze medal.

Dabaya was clearly thrilled by his three gold medals, the first medals won by Cameroon at the 17th Commonwealth Games. He celebrated with a flip at the weightlifting venue in Manchester.

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