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CWG 2018: Mirabai Chanu of Manipur Wins India's First Gold Medal

CWG 2018: Mirabai Chanu of Manipur Wins India's First Gold Medal”

A record-smashing Mirabai Chanu and a perseverant P Gururaja claimed gold and silver respectively as weightlifters lived up to the pre-event hype and delivered opening day medals for India in the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.

There was no looking back for Chanu, who broke the Games record in each of her clean and jerk attempts.

After weightlifter, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu made India proud by handing the country its very first gold in the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games, former Olympic Bronze medalist Karnam Malleswari on Thursday heaped praise on her saying that weightlifter's each lift was flawless and that she was going for the gold from the very first attempt.

Chanu produced a similar performance in clean and jerk as well, breaking the existing Games record with her first attempt and subsequently increasing the load. Thanks to Mirabai Chanu and Gururaja Poojary impressive show, India is place on top of the Commonwealth Games 2018 medal table. Now, her personal best stands at 196 kg (110kg + 86 kg). Even more fascinating is the fact that this lift would've got her a silver medal in Rio 2016 Olympics.

The third weightlifter in action, Muthupandi Raja, finished sixth in the men's 52-kg competition, lifting a total of 266 kg.

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The silver in the event went to Mauritian Marie Ranaivosova (76kg+94kg), while the bronze was taken by Sri Lanka's Dinusha Gomes (70kg+85kg).

That gave her a massive lead of 10 kilograms over second placed Marie at the end of the snatch session. The 23-year-old lifted 80kg, 84kg, and 86kg in snatch, while lifting 103kg, 107kg, and 110kg in clean and jerk.

Saina Nehwal, who was making headlines for her ferocity in getting Games Village accreditation for her father, brought quite a lot of it on court as well and dispatched her rival Madushika Beruelage in a mere 22 minutes.

He also set a new Games record in the snatch with a successful lift of 117 kg in his second attempt.

Fiji's Manueli Tulo missed out on the podium after failing with his final clean and jerk attempt at 145kg.



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