Commonwealth Games 2018: Mirabai Chanu claims India's first gold

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 05 April 2018, 01:43 PM
Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal in weightlifting(Source - PTI)
Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal in weightlifting(Source - PTI)

Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu created history at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Thursday, won gold medal in the 48kg section at the Gold Coast.

Chanu's outstanding performance at the Commonwealth Games in pulling off clean lifts in all her three attempts (80kg, 84kg and 86kg) helped her clinch the gold.

Later, she lifted more than double her body weight (103kg, 107kg and 110kg) in three successful attempts to claim the clean and jerk as well as the overall Games record.

Mirabai Chanu performed better than her last appearance at the Commonwealth Games where she won Silver medal at the Glasgow.

The Indian weightlifter finished with a score of 196kg (86kg+110kg), earning a massive applause from the fans at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

The 23-year-old's previous best was a total lift of 194kg (snatch 85kg and 109kg in clean and jerk) achieved in the World Championships a few months ago.

Chanu's closest competitor Amanda Braddock of Canada failed to complete a single lift in the clean and jerk after managing a best of 76kg in snatch.

Earlier, P Gururaja claimed a silver medal in the men's 56kg event to open India's medal account in the quadrennial extravaganza.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:57 AM

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