Lifter Yadav wins gold at CWG

Sanjita Chanu poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 53kg weightlifting event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Friday

Gold Coast, April 8 (IANS) Weightlifters continued to shine for India, with Punam Yadav (69kg) and Vikas Thakur (94kg) winning gold and bronze medals respectively on the fourth day of the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Sunday. In a hard-fought contest Manika rallied back to snatch the first game.

England's Sarah Davies took silver with 217 kg, while Apolonia Vaivai (216 kg) got bronze. Find us on Facebook too!

It was the country's first gold medal in the women's team table tennis event in Games history.

Vikas, who had taken silver in the 85 kg division at the 2014 CWG in Glasgow, Scotland, registered some of his best lifts in global competition. It was only the second table tennis team gold for India at the Games with the men achieving the feat in the 2006 Melbourne edition. His lift broke the Commonwealth and the Games record in clean and jerk.

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This was India's 12th medal at the Gold Coast with seven gold, two silver and three bronze. I was a little nervous when Sarah went for 128kg in her final lift.

Earlier, Mirabai Chanu (48kg), Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) had claimed gold medals in the ongoing edition. She lifted an impressive total of 192 kg to win the medal. Punam started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt.

Once the bar is lifted overhead, the competitor must remain motionless, arms and legs extended, with the bar and body in a straight line, until the referees make a decision which automatically registers as a visual and audible signal to replace the barbell to the platform. As the competition progressed, Bhaker fired 10, 10.3, 10.6, a sensational 10.9 and a 10.4, which put her in the lead position for gold.

Batra then proved to be too good for Yihan, who failed to read her deceptive strokes.

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