Watch: Gutted NZ weightlifting favourite Richie Patterson in tears after Games shocker

Weightlifting medal favourite Richie Patterson's career ended in devastating fashion on the Gold Coast, after he crashed out of the Men's 85kg weightlifting competition.

Four years ago in Glasgow 34-year-old Patterson won gold, but tonight he couldn't complete a successful lift in his three snatch attempts at 143kg.

Choked up afterwards he told 1 NEWS he "warmed up perfectly" but "felt pretty disconnected" out on the platform.

Unable to answer when asked if this was his last competition, Patterson nodded, head in hands.

Although a disappointing end to his successful weightlifting career, Patterson is expected to stick around in support of fellow Kiwi weightlifters.