Gold Coast, Apr 9 (PTI) Indian weightlifter Pardeep Singh (105kg) came agonisingly close to a gold but eventually settled for a silver after a close contest with Samoa’s Sanele Mao in the Commonwelth Games here today.
Singh, the reigning Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist, lifted a total of 352kg (152kg+200kg) to claim the second spot after an exciting showdown with Mao, which had the packed arena on its feet.
The 23-year-old went for 211kg lift, which would have been a new Commonwealth and Games record in clean and jerk, but could not pull it off in his final attempt.
His second attempt at 209kg was declared invalid by the jury despite getting the judges’ nod as his elbow had pressed out.
Mao also dropped his final attempt of 211kg but had managed to lift 206kg in his second chance. He finished with a total of 360kg (154kg+206kg).
The bronze went to England’s Owen Boxall (351kg (152kg+199kg).
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.