CWG 2018: Weightlifting medal rush continues with Vikas Thakur's bronze

Arnold Nichols
April 9, 2018

Continuing the unprecedented run of weightlifter in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Indian lifter Punam Yadav on Sunday became the latest inductee to struck gold at Gold Coast.

Boady Santavy finished second with a combined lift of 369kg. In the snatch, he lifted 152 kg in his first attempt and 155 kg in the second.

This was India's first ever gold medal in the history of Commonwealth Games in women's team table tennis category.

For Thakur, the medal was a climbdown from the 2014 edition where he had claimed a silver with a lesser lift of 333kg.

The 22-year-old, who finds it tough to even remember her own phone number, was quite candid about her family, which she says, is financially stable now after her 2014 Glasgow medal.

This was India's 12th medal at the Gold Coast with seven gold, two silver and three bronze.

Yadav lifted 98 kg in her second attempt but Vaivai maintained the lead with 100 kg.

Paddler Manika Batra inspired India to a historic gold medal with her stunning singles victories, fashioning an unthinkable 3-1 win over formidable Singapore in the final of the women's team event at the Commonwealth Games.

Earlier, Mirabai Chanu (48kg), Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) had claimed gold medals in the ongoing edition. "She was capable of pulling it off", Punam Yadav said. He cleared 154 kg in snatch before creating a new Commonwealth and CWG record by lifting 216 kg in the clean and jerk. It was Vaivai's failure of lifting 103kg in her third attempt which got both the athletes on level pegging. As the competition progressed, Bhaker fired 10, 10.3, 10.6, a sensational 10.9 and a 10.4, which put her in the lead position for gold. But her attempt proved futile as she failed to lift that weight, sparking celebrations in the Indian camp.

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