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I Got what was in my destiny: Punam Yadav

09 April, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Thakur 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 took the silver medal with an aggregate of 369 kg. In the snatch, he lifted 152 kg in his first attempt and 155 kg in the second. The third Indian weightlifter in the day, Seema finished sixth in the women's 75kg, lifting a total of 189kg - 84kg in snatch and 105 kg in clean and jerk.

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. 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. But, out to prove that nothing is impossible for a willing heart, the Indians were simply remarkable as they out-muscled the three-time champion 3-1 for a memorable gold at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

Earlier, Mirabai Chanu (48kg), Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) had claimed gold medals in the ongoing edition. India now have won 12 medals so far, including seven gold, two silver and three bronze. "She was capable of pulling it off", Punam Yadav said.

Yadav lifted 98 kg in her second attempt but Vaivai maintained the lead with 100 kg. However, Vaivai registered 97 kg to take the lead after the completion of the opening attempts.

The competition consists of two separate lifts: The Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. It was Vaivai's failure of lifting 103kg in her third attempt which got both the athletes on level pegging.

The Englishwoman went for a 128kg lift in her final clean and jerk attempt in pursuit of gold but could not complete it and dropped the bar.

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