Gold Coast, April 6: Indian boxer Naman Tanwar started his campaign in the men’s Heavyweight (91 kilogram) division with a convincing victory over Tanzania’s Haruna Mhando at the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.
Tanwar did face any real threat from his opponent as he claimed a unanimous 5-0 victory at the Oxenford Studios arena here. The Indian will next be up against Frank Masoe of Samoa in the quarter-finals.
Earlier in the day, India’s Sanjita Chanu won a gold medal in the 53 kg category of weightlifting in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She lifted an impressive total of 192 kg to win the medal. She had won a gold in Glasgow in the 48 kg category as well.
This was India’s second gold medal in the ongoing games. The other gold was also brought by a woman athlete from Manipur– Mirabai Chanu. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won gold in the 48 kg category on Thursday.
India’s medal tally has reached 3 as the weightlifter Gururaja won a silver in the 56 kg category on Thursday.
Sanjita Chanu impressed with her performance as she pulled off a games record with an 84-kg lift in the snatch event. In the clean and jerk event, she lifted a stupendous 102 and 108 kg. In her third attempt, she tried to lift 112 kg but failed. Her opponent had to lift 113 kg to win a gold, but she couldn’t lift the weight.
Chanu had risen to prominence after she had won a gold at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in 2012.
In 2014 CWG, she had won the gold medal with a total lift of 173 kg when she was just 20 years old. (With agencies input)