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Precious McKenzie

Full name: Precious McKenzie
Gender: Male
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: June 6, 1936 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Weightlifting

Biography

Given the name Precious after surviving serious surgery soon after his birth, his father was killed whilst crocodile hunting when McKenzie was still a baby. An ambition to become a circus acrobat brought him into contact with weight-lifting and he soon progressed to be South African record holder.

Classified as “coloured” by the South African authorities he was overlooked for the 1958 British Empire Games in Cardiff in favour of a white rival he had previously defeated. Frustrated in his international ambitions he moved to England in 1963 and took a job working in a shoe factory. His application for British citizenship was hurriedly approved to allow him to compete in the 1966 Commonwealth Games where he took the first of his four successive Commonwealth gold medals in Kingston, Jamaica.

After his victory in the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Auckland he settled there and represented New Zealand from 1977 onwards. Five times world power lifting champion, he works as a consultant on back injury prevention. In 2006, over forty years after he left his native country, he was inducted into the South African Sports Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Men's Bantamweight Great Britain GBR 9
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Men's Bantamweight Great Britain GBR 9
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Men's Flyweight Great Britain GBR 13

Men's Flyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 13 200.0
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 11T 90.0
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 95.0 x
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 95.0 x
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 13T 110.0
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 110.0 x
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 110.0 x
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 110.0 o

Men's Bantamweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 9 330.0
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 7 107.5
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 102.5 o
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 107.5 o
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 110.0 x
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 9T 92.5
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 92.5 x
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 92.5 o
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 97.5 x
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 7T 130.0
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 125.0 o
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 130.0 o
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 132.5 x
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR 2nd Phase Summary 9 200.0
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 9 342.5
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 8T 115.0
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 110.0 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 115.0 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 117.5 x
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 12T 97.5
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 92.5 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 97.5 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 100.0 x
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 10 130.0
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 125.0 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 130.0 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 132.5 x