Lifter Yadav wins gold at CWG

09 April, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Martin Tyler
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"Even in my wildest dream I had not thought that I will beat an Olympic medallist and world number four", Batra said after her shock win over Feng Tianwei.

Earlier in the day, weightlifter Punam Yadav won gold in the Women's 69kg weightlifting category. In the third attempt, Thakur successfully lifted his personal best of 159 kg to take the silver medal position by the end of the round. Punam lifted a total of 222 kg which included 100 kg in snatch and 122 kg in clean and jerk. He cleared 154 kg in snatch before creating a new Commonwealth and CWG record by lifting 216 kg in the clean and jerk. At the Carrara Sports Club, the 22-year-old Punam lifted 95, 98 and 100 in the snatch, and then 118 and 122 in the clean & jerk to finish on 122. Sivalingam faced a stiff competition from England's Jack Oliver.

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Paddler Manika Batra inspired India to a historic gold medal with her stunning singles victories, fashioning an unthinkable 3-1 win over formidable Singapore in the final of the women's team event at the Commonwealth Games. Kari's total lift of 370kg was a shade more than Santavy's.

Terming India's performance a "fantastic start", Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore hailed the country's enormous potentials saying,"It's a fantastic start". When our flag flies high, it's a proud moment for all Indians. "So, definitely this time around we have an all round team with all five events taken care of, that gives the entire team a lot of confidence and also makes us stronger", she explained.

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It was India's 12th medal at Gold Coast in Australia - seven gold, two silver and three bronze. India now ranks third in the medal tally.

India are fourth on the medal tally behind leaders Australia (84), England (47), Canada (32).

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