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Harold Cleghorn, British Empire Games, 1950 (1st of 2)

This film shows New Zealander Harold Cleghorn and other weightlifters in action at the 1950 British Empire Games, held in Auckland. Cleghorn was dubbed 'the strongest man in the Empire' when he won New Zealand's first weightlifting gold medal in the heavyweight division. He went on to win bronze in the same event at the 1954 Vancouver Empire and Commonwealth Games.

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Reference: 1950 British Empire Games. National Film Unit, 1950

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Peter Clayworth, 'Bodybuilding, weightlifting and powerlifting - Weightlifting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 August 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015