Chris Freebury is planning on jetting off to the south of France after a lifetime best performance at the Commonwealth Games – and then it’s on to the small matter of qualifying for the Olympics.
Freebury, who trains at Alfreton’s Atlas Gym, enjoyed an altogether different weightlifting experience four years on from his Commonwealth Games debut at Delhi where, lifting in the B group of the 62kg category, he placed 15th.
For one, he was placed in the A group meaning he competed in the evening in front of a packed Clyde Auditorium and secondly he lifted more than he has ever done before in his career.
Freebury managed 130kg in the snatch and 150kg in the clean and jerk for an overall total of 280kg to place eighth and, once he’s done cheering on the rest of the English weightlifting team, he’ll be taking a short break.
Bordeaux is the destination but it won’t be long before the 25-year-old is targeting further major outings in order to reach the Rio Olympics.
“If I’m being honest, the first lift was pretty overwhelming – coming out to a wall of people – but once you found your point to focus on it was fine and it was like any other competition.
“It was mindblowing. I was in a B group in Delhi and a bit lighter and a bit earlier on in terms of coming out to perform, so it wasn’t so popular with the crowd.”
Freebury insisted his performance was made even sweeter having recovered after illness struck late last year.
“It was probably the best performance of my life. It is 12kg over my previous best, especially having come back from having my appendix removed at the end of last year,” he added.
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