New Delhi, April 8: India’s weightlifter Punam Yadav on Sunday won gold in the Women’s 69kg weightlifting category. Yadav lifted a combined total of 222kg (100 snatch and 122 clean and jerk) and defeated England’s Sarah Davies her closest competitor to take her second medal at the Commonwealth Games. In 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in Scotland, Punam Yadav had won Bronze. This was India’s fifth gold medal in the ongoing games.
Venkat Rahul Ragala yesterday earned India the fourth Gold medal after lifting 338 kilograms in the Men’s 85 kg category. He had lifted 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean & jerk.
On Saturday, Sathish Kumar Sivalingam won gold in Men’s 77 kg weightlifting category. The 25-year-old had lifted a total of 317kg (114kg+173kg) and was so ahead of the competition that he did not go for his final clean and jerk lift. Sivalingam faced a stiff competition from England’s Jack Oliver.
On Friday, 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. 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.