Graham May’s weightlifting mishap was one of the most memorable moments of the Christchurch 1974 Commonwealth Games. Graham fell flat on his face while holding a 187.5kg barbell over his head, dropping the bar onto the front row of the audience where Princess Anne was seated. Despite the fall, May went on to win gold in the super heavyweight division.
Later in life May admitted taking steroids before competing in Christchurch and voluntarily decided to hand back his medal. As the drug he used was not illegal at the time, and only banned years after the Games, his offer to hand back his medal was declined.
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The Commonwealth Games returned to New Zealand in 1974, this time in Christchurch. The Opening Ceremony was held at QEll Park on January 24th, with the Games the first ever colour television broadcast in New Zealand. The home Games were extremely successful for New Zealand and we’ll bring you some of the highlights over the next few days!
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