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Commonwealth Games 2018: Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu wins second gold medal for India

The Manipuri athlete created a CWG record in Snatch, lifting a total of 84 kg, and then lifted 108 kg on her way to get to a total lift of 192 kg.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, Gold Coast (Australia) [ Updated: April 06, 2018 9:23 IST ]
Sanjita Chanu wins gold in 53 kg weightlifting event at
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Sanjita Chanu wins gold in 53 kg weightlifting event at Commonwealth Games 2018

Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu finished first in the women's 53 kg weightlifting event, giving India its second gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast City, Australia.

The Manipuri athlete created a CWG record in Snatch, lifting a total of 84 kg, and then lifted 108 kg on her way to get to a total lift of 192 kg. 

Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea was distant second with 182 kg while New Zealand's Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet took bronze with 181 kg.

Chanu had also won gold in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the women’s 48 kg category. 

She became the third weightlifter for the country to win a medal at the Gold Coast. On Thursday, Mirabai Chanu earned India's first gold medal at Gold Coast after smashing the Games records in 48kg category snatch, clean and jerk. 

P Gururaja got India on the board with a second-place finish in the men’s 56 kg final.

Sanjita was by far the most dominant competitor in both snatch and clean jerk.

She took the lead in the snatch with an opening attempt of 81 kilograms.

New Zealand's Rachel, who had managed 78 kg in her first attempt, joined Sanjita at the pole position by lifting 81 kg in her second attempt.

But Sanjita showed her class by equalling the CWG record of 83 kg in her second attempt to regain the lead.

The Kiwi, whose best lift in training has been 82 kg, made a brave and futile attempt to match the CWG record.

The Indian then walked out to set a new CWG record at 84 kg and take the lead. The previous CWG record of 83 kg was set by compatriot Swarti Singh at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

Things were even easier for Sanjita in the clean and jerk as none of her rivals managed to produce even a semblance of a challenge.

Sanjita took the lead with a successful opening atempt of 104 kg. She bolstered her lead with 108 kg in her second attempt.

She then attempted to better the existing CWG record of 111 kg which was set by Loa in 2014. That however, was not to be as Sanjita failed to lift 112 kg in her third attempt.

Loa, who started with a successful attempt of 102 kg, failed to hoist 109 kg in her second attempt. 

She then went for 113 kg in her final attempt in a bid to better her own CWG record and retain the title which she had won four years ago.

But she failed her third attempt despite a brave effort as the Indian camp celebrated Sanjita's triumph.

Rachel meanwhile, needed two attempts to clear 98 kg before lifting 100 kg in her third attempt.

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