Indian female weightlifter Sanjita Chanu won the gold medal in women’s 53 kg category on the second day of Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast – making it India’s second gold medal and a total of three medals after weightlifters Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja won gold and silver respectively on Day 1 of the games.
Indian athletes has begun a medal campaign at the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia with a bang as weightlifters Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja won gold and silver respectively on Day 1 of the competition. To kick-off the second day in a high and add to the proud tally of medals for India, another female Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu won gold in the women’s 53kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on Friday. Sanjita Chanu also broke the existing Commonwealth Games record with a lift of 84kg in the snatch category and then lifted 108 in the clean & jerk to finish with a combined effort of 192kg.
The 24-year-old weightlifter entered the Gold Coast games this year with brightest hopes for India as she won gold four years ago at the Glasgow CWG in the 48kg category. On Friday, Chanu started off by lifting 81kg in the first attempt, then she equalled the Commonwealth record with 83kg lift in second attempt and hen made the record her own with a super lift of 84kg, which gave her a lead of 3kg heading into the clean & jerk section. In the clean & jerk session, Sanjita moved to the top position with 104kg and 108kg lifts just before she lost balance in the final round.
To break Sanjita’s record and win the gold, second best lifter Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea had to lift 113kg in her final lift, but despite giving her best she stumbled and lost grip of the bar. With this, Sanjita won the gold, Loa Dika Toua took a silver medal back to home with a total of 182kg lift and Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet who finished with a combined effort of 181kg. Interestingly, the previous Commonwealth record of the same category was Indian weightlifter Swarti Singh four years ago and was broken by an Indian lifter – continuing the record tally in the name of India.