CWG 2018: Vikas Thakur settles for bronze in men's 94kg weightlifting

09 April, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
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The Indian equalled that in her third and last attempt and Vaivai's failure to lift 103 meant both lifters ended the snatch phase at the joint top spot.

"Even in my wildest dream I had not thought that I will beat an Olympic medallist and world number four", Batra said after her shock win over Feng Tianwei.

Vikas Thakur on Sunday had to settle for bronze in the men's 94kg weightlifting category, a climbdown from his silver at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

Earlier in the day, weightlifter Punam Yadav won gold in the Women's 69kg weightlifting category. In 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in Scotland, Punam Yadav had won Bronze.

Bhaker fired a total of 240.9 to claim gold, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the category. He had lifted 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean & jerk. Despite all, he was the fifth-best among the lot that lifted in the men's 94 kg category. His lift broke the Commonwealth and the Games record in clean and jerk. On Saturday, weightlifters Sathish Kumar Sivalingam and Rahul Venkat Ragala added to medal haul by winning gold medals.




While Kari celebrated on stage, overcome with joy and cheered on by an admiring crowd, the story was very different for his closest competitor - Canadian Boady Santavy. But failing at 122 kg in her second attempt put her in a spot of bother. The other gold was also brought by a woman athlete from Manipur- Mirabai Chanu. When our flag flies high, it's a proud moment for all Indians.

At present, India's medal tally reads six gold, two silver and two bronze.

After Sunday, India has eight medals from the weightlifting competitions.

India are fourth on the medal tally behind leaders Australia (84), England (47), Canada (32).

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