Campbell and Muskett make weightlifting history at European Championships

Emily Campbell capped a dream week for UK weightlifters by breaking two national records to win gold at + 87kg.

Entering competition of the week in Moscow, the last British athlete to win continental gold was Myrtle Augee in 1995.

Campbell joined teammate Emily Godley to take home gold and silver from Sarah Davies to produce the nation’s best performance at the event since 1948.

Nailing all six lifts, Campbell snatched a British record of 122kg to clinch gold in the discipline, then lifted 154kg in clean & jerk, a total of 276kg to win the first stage.

The 26-year-old also broke a Commonwealth record with the weight she lifted in clean & jerk and overall.

Campbell, from Nottingham, is now firmly on the hunt for Europe’s continental quota place for Tokyo 2020 after scoring numerous points in Russia and the IWF is set to adjust criteria to account for COVID -19.

Previously in the qualifying period, she won Commonwealth bronze in 2018, bronze at the 2019 European Championships and finished ninth at the 2019 World Championships.

Earlier in the week, Godley got the ball rolling with a historic gold in the 71kg category.

She won the silver in the snatch, lifting 98kg, then produced 129kg in the clean & jerk to climb into the overall gold medal position.

The 2018 Commonwealth Champion is also vying for a quota place at the Games.

Sarah Davies also won the medal act at 64kg, breaking the UK record with 129kg in clean & jerk to reach the silver medal.

The three-medal harvest was Britain’s second best performance since 1948, when two gold and two silver medals were won.

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