Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu bags gold medal for India: Commonwealth Games

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Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu bagged the second gold medal for India in 53 kg category in the ongoing Commonwealth Games at Carrara Sports Arena 1 on Friday.

The Manipur based athlete Sanjita lifted a total weight of 192 kg that included a Commonwealth Games record of 84 kg in the snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk.

The defending champion, Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea won silver with a total lift of 182 while Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet claimed bronze with a joint effort of 181 kg.

The 24-year-old had earlier won ‘gold’ four years ago in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the 48 kg category.

She took the lead in the snatch with an opening attempt of 81 kilograms. New Zealand’s Rachel had only managed 78 kg in her first attempt who later lifted 81 kg in her second attempt to join Sanjita at the pole position.

Sanjita showed her class by lifting record 83 kg in her second attempt to regain the lead. The Indian then walked out to set a new CWG record at 84 kg and take the lead.

The previous record of 83 kg was set by compatriot Swati Singh at CWG 2014.

This is India’s third meal in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. On Thursday, P Gururaja got India on the board with a second place silver-finish in the men’s 56kg final while Mirabai Chanu grabbed gold in the women’s 48 kg.

India will look add more titles in weightlifting as the day progress with Saraswati Rout and Deepak Lather in action later today.

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