Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu wins the second gold medal for India in the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast. In the Australian city, Sanjita won gold medal in 53 kg weight category on Friday.
Last year, at the same Gold Coast, he won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships. The 24-year-old manipur of has taken 84 kgs in snatch and 108 kgs in clean and jerk after this. Accordingly, they raised 192 kgs in two attempts. The previous games champion Papua New Guinea Lau Dica Tau won the Bronze Medal with 182 (80 Snatch and 102 Clean & Jerk) Silver and Canada’s Rachael Labnank lifted 181 (81 snatch and 100 clean and jerk).
Sanjita was an important medal for India in this Gold Post. He had received Gold in Glasgow in 48 kg four years ago. This time he was part of the 53 kilogram weight category. Sanjita kept the hopes alive and this time also put the gold medal in her lap. He raised 81 kilos in his first lift, and in the next attempt, equaled the record of Commonwealth Games by lifting 83 kilograms.
In his third and last attempt, he raised 84 kilograms and raised a new record. Along with this cleanliness and jerk had gained 3 kg before the start.
In clean and jerk, Sanjita raised 104 and 108 kg of India in her first two attempts. After this, he tried to lift 112 kgs in the third attempt, but he could not do that. It meant that Dika Tau had to take 113 kilograms of weight in his last effort for the gold medal, but he could not do so despite his best performance.
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On Wednesday, on the first day of the Games, Meerabai Chanu won gold medal in women’s weight of 48 kg. Meerabai weighed a total of 196 kilograms. At the same time, P Gururaja achieved the silver medal in men’s 56 kg weight category.
Sanjita was inspired by veteran weightlifter Ann Kunjarani Devi for weightlifting. After winning the gold at the Senior National in 2009, he came in the eyes of the people. In the Asian Weightlifting Championship in 2011, he won the Bronze Medal. In 2012, he won the Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships In the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth, he had just won the gold medal at the age of 20. Meerabai received the Silver Medal in these games.