New Delhi, April 7: India’s weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam won gold in Men’s 77 kg weightlifting category. The 25-year-old 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.
The two kept upping the weights before their attempts but Oliver managed to keep his nose ahead at the end of snatch as he lifted 145kg in his second attempt. It was a kilogram more than Satish’s final attempt. However, Satish had the last laugh quite comfortably in clean and jerk after Oliver failed two attempts of 171kg and settled for a total of 312kg (145kg+167kg).
Sivalingam had also won the gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in Scotland.
Earlier 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.
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.
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.