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George Newton

Full name: George Newton
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: August 13, 1936 in [unknown], Unknown, Guyana
Died: February 23, 2016 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Affiliations: Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Weightlifting

Biography

George Newton was born in then British colony of British Guiana (now independent as Guyana) but after qualifying as an electrician he joined the mass migration from the Caribbean to Britain that followed the Second World War. He joined the Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club in London and soon set out on an international career that lasted for two decades. Newton never reached the medal podium at the World or European Championships but he was conspicuously successful at the Commonwealth Games. He won gold for England in 1962, 1970 and 1974 and silver in 1966. The 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in New Zealand proved a major turning point in his life as he met and fell in love with the woman he was to marry after leaving London for New Zealand on New Year’s Day 1975. By then a veteran of 42 he made a final Commonwealth Games in the black singlet for his new country of residence at the 1978 version in Edmonton, Canada although this time he came home without a medal after failing to record a valid lift. He retired from competitive lifting shortly afterwards but stayed connected to the sport by coaching. One of his charges, Lee Attrill, went on to follow Newton and compete at the Commonwealth Games. Newton also competed in powerlifting, where he would also help to coach 5-times World Champion Cathy Millen, and in bodybuilding.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Men's Featherweight Great Britain GBR 15
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Men's Lightweight Great Britain GBR 15

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 15 325.0
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 14T 100.0
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 100.0 o
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 105.0 x
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 105.0 x
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 9T 102.5
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 95.0 o
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 100.0 o
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 102.5 o
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 19 122.5
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 122.5 x
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 122.5 o
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 132.5 x

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 15 395.0
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 12T 132.5
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 127.5 x
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 127.5 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 132.5 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 12T 117.5
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 117.5 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 122.5 x
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 122.5 x
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 14T 145.0
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 135.0 o
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 145.0 x
1972 Summer 36 München Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 145.0 o
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