CWG' 18: Weightlifting medal rush continues with Thakur's bronze

CWG' 18: Weightlifting medal rush continues with Thakur's bronze

CWG' 18: Weightlifting medal rush continues with Thakur's bronze

He wished weightlifters Punam Yadav and Ragala Venkat Rahul for winning gold and Vikas Thakur for bronze, saying the "exceptional success of our wightlifters will motivate more youngsters to pursue the game".

The gold rush continued in weightlifting for India as Punam Yadav added a fifth to the tally with a top finish in the 69kg category of the 21Commonwealth Games today. The weightlifter from Uttar Pradesh finished with a combined effort of 122 (100 in snatch and 122 in clean and jerk) to take India's overall medal tally at the Gold Coast Games to seven.

However, she recovered to lift 122 kg in her third attempt and Vavai's failure at that same weight put the Indian in the leading position for the gold.

The competition consists of two separate lifts: The Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. 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.

This was India's first ever gold medal in the history of Commonwealth Games in women's team table tennis category. Punam started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt. Davies then made a courageous attempt at the gold with a final attempt of 128 kg. In the men's doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty were beaten 21-17, 19-21, 12-21 but Saina Nehwal delivered in her singles' match to beat Jia Min Yeo 21-8, 21-15 and take India to the final.

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Batra then proved to be too good for Yihan, who failed to read her deceptive strokes.

Kari could only manage 154 kg in the snatch.

He attempted to break the CWG record for a second time by going for 217 kg in his third and last attempt.

Vikas Thakur on Sunday had to settle for bronze in the men's 94kg weightlifting category, a climbdown from his silver at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

He managed to clear 156 kg and 159 kg in his final two attempts which assured him a place on the podium.

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