Gareth Evans (weightlifter)
|Birth name||Gareth Irfon Evans|
|Born||18 April 1986|
|Residence||Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||69 kg (152 lb)|
|Club||Holyhead Weightlifting Club|
|Coached by||Ray Williams & Tamas Feher|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||total: 299 kg (Queensland 2018) snatch: 136 kg (Queensland 2018) c&j: 163 kg (Queensland 2018)|
|Updated on 6 April 2018.|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Evans started weightlifting aged 12, when he joined the local Holyhead Weightlifting Club. A trained painter and decorator, he gave up his job in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and moved for the preceding year to Headingley, Leeds, to train full-time at the British Weight Lifting High Performance Centre.
Evans has a daughter.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Francois Etoundi a Cameroon-born weightlifter competing for Australia, competed in the men's 77 kg event where he won a bronze medal. The following day, he was arrested for breaking the nose of Evans, and ordered to pay £400 after appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Etoundi was later stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation and sent home in disgrace.
London 2012 OlympicsEdit
At the 2012 Olympics, in the snatch he lifted 130 kg, but failed his final attempt at 133 kg. In the clean and jerk, he lifted 158 kg but failed at 160 kg. With a personal best total of 288 kg, as well as personal bests in both the snatch and the clean and jerk, he finished eighth in group B and 17th overall in the 69 kg weight category.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesEdit
Gareth Evans clinched his first Commonwealth Games medal during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on 6 April 2018 after winning a gold medal in the men's 69kg weightlifting event. This was also the first gold medal won by Wales at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|Representing Great Britain|
|2012||London, Great Britain||69 kg||125||130||18||153||158||17||288||17|
|2014||Almaty, Kazakhstan||62 kg||—||146||17||—||—|
|2011||Paris, France||69 kg||115||120||40||145||42||265||41|
|2016||Førde, Norway||62 kg||115||119||10||142||12||261||11|
|2012||Antalya, Turkey||69 kg||121||15||150||14||271||14|
|2010||Minsk, Belarus||62 kg||105||108||111||13||130||135||13||246||13|
|2018||Gold Coast, Australia||69 kg||130||133||136||160||163||299|
|2014||Glasgow, Scotland||62 kg||118||6||147||150||5||268||5|
|2010||Delhi, India||62 kg||105||111||13||135||12||246||12|
- Gareth Evans. Britishweightlifting.org. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Weightlifting: Gareth Evans realises his Olympic dream. walesonline.co.uk, 11 June 2012
- McCullough, Ian (28 July 2014). "Francois Etoundi overcomes injury to win bronze". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- "Weightlifter Francois Etoundi fined for headbutt that broke Welsh rival's nose". The Guardian. UK. 31 July 2014.
- "Weightlifter Francois Etoundi attacks Welsh athlete". UK: BBC Sport. 31 July 2014.
- "Francois Etoundi stripped of Commonwealth Games accreditation, say Australian team". Daily Mail. UK. 31 July 2014.
- "Olympics 2012: Gareth Evans sets three personal bests". BBC Sport. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Gareth Evans. Team GB. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Commonwealth Games: Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans wins -69kg gold". BBC Sport. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- "Weightlifter Gareth Evans is the first competitor to win a gold medal for Wales in the Commonwealth Games". ITV News. Retrieved 6 April 2018.