CWG 2018: Weightlifting gold rush continues, Punam Yadav claims 5th for India


India congratulates Punam Yadav for winning the Gold Medal in the 69 Kg women's weightlifting event. 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). He had lifted 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean & jerk.

The silver went to Canada's Boady Santavy, who lifted 369kg (168kg+201kg). In the snatch, he lifted 152 kg in his first attempt and 155 kg in the second.

In the last event of the day, India's Seema finished sixth in the women's 75kg category. For the win, Yadav had to lift a total of 222kg to outclass her closest opponent Sarah Davies. In the clean and jerk rounds, her lifts were 100 kg and 105kg respectively. In the men's doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty were beaten 21-17, 19-21, 12-21 but Saina Nehwal delivered in her singles' match to beat Jia Min Yeo 21-8, 21-15 and take India to the final.

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

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Punam Yadav wins gold medal at the CWG 2018. "She was capable of pulling it off", Punam Yadav said. However, Vaivai registered 97 kg to take the lead after the completion of the opening attempts. It was Vaivai's failure of lifting 103kg in her third attempt which got both the athletes on level pegging. The final attempt was especially messed up as he struggled to keep up with the one-minute he had to complete the lift. But failing at 122 kg in her second attempt put her in a spot of bother. Davies then made a courageous attempt at the gold with a final attempt of 128 kg.

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

England global Sarah Davies had to satisfy with the second spot as she claimed silver medal with 217 kg lift.