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Morrow lands fantastic weightlifting bronze at Commonwealths

The fantastic Fraer Morrow picked up a stunning bronze medal in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games that was so incredible she didn’t realize she had made it to the podium.

She was charged with just an outside shot and Morrow from Doncaster had to be told by an official that her total of 198kg was enough to take third after India’s Bindyarani Devi knocked her out of the silver with the last lift of the women’s 55 kg competition.

Former gymnast Morrow’s final 115kg clean and jerk attempt reportedly saw her Nigerian champion Adijat Adenike Olarinoye leap and despite the failure she celebrated with a back somersault on stage, seemingly oblivious she was still in contention for the England team medal.

Morrow, 24, said: “It’s unbelievable, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I didn’t even know I had won the medal! The coaches came up to me and said ‘ Ah, better luck next time, I’m fine.

“Then one of the ladies came up to me and said, ‘How does it feel to be a bronze medalist?’ And I was like, ‘What?’

“I almost cried because I missed a medal, but she came and told me I had a medal, so that’s good!

“I had no idea what was going on and all I could see was all the coaches around the office. There were so many fights and I had no idea what was going on so I’m just went out to do the lift and hoped for the best.

Morrow finished fifth at her first Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 and revealed she was serious this time around after moving up a weight class and is now focused on securing a place in the GB team for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

She said: “It’s really good to improve on what I did four years ago.

“The focus of this one was very different from the previous one. The last one was just to go out there and enjoy it mostly and this one was to come and get a medal but I enjoyed it anyway! Mission accomplished.

“Hopefully that will put me on the path to Paris 2024, that’s the next goal, so I’ll try to make the qualifying competitions for that one.”

Morrow got into weightlifting after starting CrossFit to shake off the weight she had gained after hanging up her leotard and soon realized she’d rather switch irons than do cardio.

Although the little star may not have immediately realized what she had achieved, a significant number of loyal fans who stayed late at the Birmingham NEC certainly did and gave her vocal support throughout. .

Morrow said: “It was really good. I spotted my mom in the crowd and as soon as I saw her I was like, “No, I can’t look at you because you’re crying!”

“I don’t know what the celebrations will be like, I’ll just enjoy the rest of the night and see what happens from there.”

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