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Commonwealth Games 2018: India's Deepak Lather wins bronze medal in men's 69kg weightlifting

Indian weightlifters continued their great run at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia as Delhi boy Deepak Lather on Friday won the Bronze medal in Men's 69kg category.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 06, 2018 13:09 IST ]
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A file image of India's Deepak Lather.

Indian weightlifters continued their great run at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia as Delhi boy Deepak Lather on Friday won the Bronze medal in Men's 69kg category. He is the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal

The 18-year-old Lather lifted a total weight of 295 kg to win the bronze medal. Gareth Evans from Wales, with a total weight of 299 kg won the Gold while Sri Lanka's Indika C. Dissanayake, with a total lift of 197, settled for Silver.

The youngster, competing in his maiden Commonwealth Games, holds the distinction of being the youngest to hold the national record as well.

He held the 62kg category national record at 15.

He trained at the Army Sports Institute as a diver before being pushed into weightlifting by the coaches there.

Earlier in the day, Manipuri weightlifter Sanjita Chanu (53kg) claimed her second successive Commonwealth Games gold medal, smashing a Games record in the process, despite nursing a nagging back problem.

The diminutive Manipuri lifted a total of 192kg (84kg+108kg) to claim the gold ahead of Paupa New Guinea's Loa Dika Toua, who finished with 182kg (80kg+102kg) for a silver. The bronze medal went to Canada's Rachel-LeBlanc-Bazinet (81kg+100kg).

Indian weightlifters have claimed two gold, a silver and a bronze medal thus far in this edition of the Games.

Yesterday, Mirabai Chanu (48kg) had smashed three Games records en route her gold medal after P Gururaja opened the medal account with a silver in the men's 56kg category.

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