England's Chris Murray held on to take gold in the men's 81kg division ©Getty Images

Chris Murray and Sarah Davies won dramatic weightlifting finals for hosts England at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games here, with Canada's Olympic champion Maude G Charron also taking gold on the third day of finals in the sport.

All three gold medallists set total Games records in claiming victory.

Murray led after the snatch stage of the men's 81 kilograms final having lifted 144kg on his third successful attempt, but Australia's Kyle Bruce and India's Ajay Singh were closely in pursuit with 143kg, and Canada's Nicolas Vachon was also in contention with 140kg.

After initial successful efforts of 174kg and 178kg on the clean and jerk, the pressure was piled on Murray when Bruce completed 180kg on his second attempt.

Murray responded with a 181kg lift to set a Games record total of 325kg.

However, Bruce and Vachon could still have denied him.

Bruce looked to have done it with a 183kg lift having been given the all-clear by three judges, but the jury ruled that his arms did not fully extend.

The Australian athlete appeared disconsolate, but was in reflective mood after taking silver with a total of 323kg.

"The 183kg lift was overturned, the jury determined it was a press-out with my right arm, where the elbow locks and unlocks," Bruce said.

"I haven’t seen the footage so I can’t really say anything.

"I’ll take this as motivation going forward."

Canada's Maude G Charron won the women's 64kg final by a margin of 15kg ©Getty Images
Canada's Maude G Charron won the women's 64kg final by a margin of 15kg ©Getty Images

Vachon went even bigger on his final attempt with 187kg and looked to have pulled it off to deny Murray, only to drop the bar behind his head prior to the sounding of the buzzer.

His earlier 180kg clean and jerk was enough for bronze with a total of 320kg, edging out Singh by one kilogram following his failure to match Vachon's lift on his final attempt.

The second final of the day was the women's 64kg, won at a canter by Gold Coast 2018 63kg gold medallist and reigning 64kg Olympic champion Charron.

Charron's third snatch of 101kg was a Games record, and gave her a one kilogram lead over Australia's Sarah Maureen Cochrane.

Islamiyat Adebukola Yusuf of Nigeria was a comfortable third on 93kg at the halfway stage, with England's three-time Commonwealth Games medallist Zoe Smith sitting fourth on 88kg.

Charron underlined her superiority with clean and jerk lifts of 123kg, 127kg and then 130kg to finish on 231kg.

Cochrane in second was 15kg further back after a successful second attempt of 116kg, with her no lift at 118kg having no bearing on her placing.

Yusuf completed clean and jerk lifts of 113kg, 116kg and 119kg to finish on 212kg overall, leaving Smith requiring 125kg from her final attempt to steal the bronze medal.

Roared on by a home crowd, Smith completed the clean element of the lift, but couldn't finish it off with the jerk, and had to settle for fourth with 210kg.

England's Sarah Davies lifted 126kg on her second clean and jerk attempt to win women's 71kg gold ©Getty Images
England's Sarah Davies lifted 126kg on her second clean and jerk attempt to win women's 71kg gold ©Getty Images

The last final of the day was in the women's 71kg, with Gold Coast 2018 and 2021 World Championships silver medallist Davies also claiming victory by 15kg.

Davies and Joy Ogbonne Eze of Nigeria held a comfortable advantage over the remainder of the field after the snatch, the former lifting 101kg and the latter 100kg.

Australia's Kiana Rose Elliott was the next best performer with 94kg, followed by India's Harjinder Kaur on 93kg and Alexis Ashworth of Canada on 91kg.

Elliott performed three successful clean and jerks, but her highest scoring was only 110kg, which ultimately meant she missed out on a medal.

Kaur completed a third lift of 119kg to total 212kg and pile all the pressure on Ashworth in what looked a battle for bronze, and the Canadian delivered a superb 123kg lift - an increase of 7kg from her second attempt - to finish on 214kg.

Eze was next up attempting a Games record of 125kg, but in a cruel twist for the 18-year-old, she failed to complete any of her three attempts, and appeared distraught as she slipped out of contention.

Davies opted for 126kg, and although it took two attempts, the home crowd helped her over the line to a Games record total of 229kg.

Ashworth placed second, with Kaur rounding off the podium.

Tomorrow is set to mark the penultimate day of weightlifting at Birmingham 2022, with finals scheduled in the women's 76kg, men's 96kg and women's 87kg divisions.