Openly gay powerlifter Chris Morgan took home his third world gold medal last week in Russia, the Federation of Gay Games announced Monday.

With lifts of 210 kg, 240 kg and 250 kg, Morgan clinched the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Championship (WDFPF) in Moscow.

The British athlete is also the Gay Games powerlifting champion.

“I'm absolutely delighted to have won my third World 'Open' Gold Medal here at the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Championships, completing my aim of winning back-to-back World Championship titles,” Morgan said. “It has been my goal since failing to regain my first world open title in 2005 to once again win and then defend the World Open Championship. It feels very satisfying to achieve something that I've never managed to do before in my sporting career.”

Morgan will defend his Gay Games title this summer in Cologne, Germany as the city hosts the quadrennial event.

The road to Gay Games 2010 officially kicked off in February in San Francisco with the start of the International Rainbow Memorial Run. In the run's first leg, New York activist Brent Nicholson Earle carried a rainbow flag on a symbolic run from the AIDS Memorial Grove located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to Kezar Stadium, home of the first Gay Games in 1982.

The flag will travel around the globe before reaching its final destination on July 31: Cologne's RheinEnergie athletic field to lead the parade of athletes during the Gay Games VIII's opening ceremony, which will be presided over by Germany's openly gay foreign minister Guido Westerwelle. Gay Games 2010 is expected to draw up to 12,000 athletes and artists from more than 70 countries to participate in a unique sports and cultural festival.

Morgan also serves as a global ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games.

“It fills me with great pride to be arriving at this year's Gay Games in Cologne as a three-time World Open Champion and to be representing the Federation of Gay Games as one of their global ambassadors,” Morgan added.

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