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Godley Wins Gold at the Commonwealth Championships

Emily Musket (Godley) successfully defended her Commonwealth Crown by winning Gold at the Commonwealth Championships in Samoa in July.

The Team England athlete finished 13kg clear of India’s Manpreet Kaur in the 76kg category to boost her Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification chances.

Godley snatched 93kg at the IWF Silver level event and then hit a personal best clean & jerk of 127kg for a total of 220kg.

It is the second consecutive year that Godley has came out on top in a Commonwealth competition.

Last year she won Gold in the 71kg category at the Commonwealth Games Down Under in Australia.

The Commonwealth Championships are held three out of every four years to compliment the Commonwealth Games and this time Godley was Team England’s sole representative in Samoa.

The islands that make up the country are located 9,717 miles away from the UK which makes it difficult for domestic lifters to reach.

However, the decision to send Godley was an easy one considering she currently resides in Australia.

On the day of the event she was assisted by the Welsh Weightlifting team.

“Massive thank you to Team Wales Annia Negele & Ray (Williams) for helping me out in the warmup room,” said Godley on Instagram.

“Another competition under my belt for 2019, and can I just say Samoa is the most beautiful country.”

Godley has become the first English athlete to win Gold in a regular Commonwealth Championship since Owen Boxall stormed to victory in Penang 2016.

Like Godley he was also trained at Andy Callard’s Europa Club.

So far it has been a good year for Godley as that strong performance in Samoa came off the back of her securing Silver at the European Championships in May.

Plus, it won’t be long before she is back on the international platform as she has recently been selected in Team GB’s 16 strong squad for the IWF World Championships.

This year’s event is being held in Pattaya, Thailand between the 16-25th September.