New Delhi, April 8: Bagging the third position in the Men’s 94 kg weightlifting category, Vikas Thakur added a shade of bronze to Indian weightlifters’ golden run at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Caost on Sunday. This was India’s eleventh medal in the ongoing games. Vikas lifted a total of 351kg (159kg+192kg) on a day when Papua New Guinea’s Steven Kari broke the Commonwealth as well as the Games record in clean and jerk for a total lift of 370kg (154kg+216kg).
Canada’s Boady Santavy who lifted 369kg (168kg+201kg) won the silver medal at the event. For Vikas, the medal was a climbdown from the 2014 edition where he had claimed a silver with a lesser lift of 333kg. (Here’s the complete Commonwealth Games 2018 Medal Tally)
Earlier in the day, weightlifter Punam Yadav 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.
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.
Terming India’s performance a ‘fantastic start’, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore hailed the country’s immense potentials saying,”It’s a fantastic start. We feel happy to see medals coming in and women athletes leading. When our flag flies high, it’s a proud moment for all Indians. We have a lot of potentials and it needs to be tapped.”
Currently, India’s medal tally reads six gold, two silver and three bronze – five gold from the weightlifting and one from shooting. India currently ranks third in the medal tally. Australia, England lead with 59 and 34 medals respectively.