Vikas Thakur wins bronze in weightlifting at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Warrington Guardian

Indian weightlifters continued to dominate the competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games as Punam Yadav won gold in the women's 69 kilogram category here on Sunday. Batra had a great start and an 11-7 win in the first game gave her the much-needed momentum.

Yadav lifted a total of 222 kg which included 100 kg in snatch and 122 kig in clean and jerk.

Vikas faltered in his final two attempts in clean and jerk, aiming for a 200kg lift that would have fetched him a silver.

The gold medal was taken by Steven Kari from Papua New Guinea with his combined lift of 370kg, including a final successful 216kg lift in clean and jerk. But, out to prove that nothing is impossible for a willing heart, the Indians were simply remarkable as they out-muscled the three-time champion 3-1 for a memorable gold at the XXI Commonwealth Games.




Currently, India's medal tally reads six gold, two silver and three bronze - five gold from the weightlifting and one from shooting. She put India 1-0 ahead after beating Tainwei Feng 11-8, 8-11 7-11 11-9 11-7 in the first match of the rubber. The England worldwide matched Yadav performance in clean and jerk and lifted 122kg. "She was capable of pulling it off", Punam Yadav said. The third Indian weightlifter in the day, Seema finished sixth in the women's 75kg, lifting a total of 189kg - 84kg in snatch and 105 kg in clean and jerk. She failed to lift 108kg in her third and final effort.

"I was expecting a good fight but from Fiji not England".

Once the bar is lifted overhead, the competitor must remain motionless, arms and legs extended, with the bar and body in a straight line, until the referees make a decision which automatically registers as a visual and audible signal to replace the barbell to the platform.

For Vikas, the medal was a climbdown from the 2014 edition where he had claimed a silver with a lift of 333kg, in the 85kg category. But failing at 122 kg in her second attempt put her in a spot of bother.

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