Weightlifting gold rush continues, Punam claims fifth for India

Weightlifting gold rush continues, Punam claims fifth for India

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.

Weightlifters continued to shine for India, with Punam Yadav (69kg) lifting gold. In a hard-fought contest Manika rallied back to snatch the first game.

Vikas faltered in his final two attempts in clean and jerk, aiming for a 200kg lift that would have fetched him a silver. He had lifted 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean & jerk. Following Davies was Fiji's Apolonia Vaivai, who lifted 216 kg to finish with the bronze medal. India now ranks third in the medal tally.

Yadav had claimed a silver at last year's Commonwealth Championships last year, her first event after making the jump from 63kg to 69kg category. For the win, Yadav had to lift a total of 222kg to outclass her closest opponent Sarah Davies.

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. The final attempt was especially messed up as he struggled to keep up with the one-minute he had to complete the lift. She had won a gold in Glasgow in the 48 kg category as well.

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

Ghana's Forrester Christopher Osei however, successfully lifted 153 kg immediately after to take pole position.

The previous clean and jerk record at the CWG was created by Australia's Kiril Kounev at the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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

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