Damon Kelly

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Damon Kelly
Damon Kelly 1 - Craig Franklin.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1983-12-01) 1 December 1983 (age 31)
Atherton, Queensland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 151 kg (333 lb)

Damon Kelly (born 1 December 1983 in Atherton, Queensland) is an Australian weightlifter who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games finishing ninth.[1] Damon recorded lifts of 165 kg in the Snatch and 221 kg in the Clean and Jerk with a total of 386 kg. He was the biggest member of the Australian Olympic Team and was Australia's only male weightlifter at the Games,[2] having secured the sole position with a personal best lift on his final attempt at the Olympic Nomination Trials.

Kelly won a Silver Medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the 105 kg+ division and Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and holds the Commonwealth Games record for the Clean and Jerk.[1] He has been undefeated at the Australian Championships since 2006 and is also the reigning Oceania champion.[3]

He started weightlifting as a 15 year old at St Laurence's College in Brisbane where he also excelled at Rugby Union, playing in the First XV alongside Australian national rugby league team halfback Cooper Cronk, and Shot Put, setting the college record. He trains at Cougars Weightlifting Club in Brisbane under coach Miles Wydall.[1]

Personal bests[edit]

Lift Weight Date
Snatch 176.0 kg 11 October 2010
Clean & Jerk 222.0 kg 7 June 2008
Total 397.0 kg 11 October 2010
Lift Weight
Front Squat 255.0 kg
Back Squat 311.0 kg



Preceded by
New Zealand Nigel Avery
Men's 105kg+ Clean and Jerk Commonwealth Games Record Holder
23 March 2006 – 31 July 2014
Succeeded by
Canada George Kobaladze

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