New Delhi: Once again, it was the sport of weightlifting that gave India two medals on Day 2 of the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. Indian women’s lifter Sanjita Chanu, from Mizoram, followed on the footsteps of Mirabai Chanu and won gold in the 53kg category. The second medal, a bronze though, was pocketed by male lifter Deepak Lather in the 69kg category. Interestingly, it was Lather’s birthday on Friday and he couldn’t have had any better gift than that bronze medal.
Though, it was Sanjita who added a gold to India’s medal tally on Friday by dominating the Carrara Arena. She created a Commonwealth Games record by lifting 84 kg in snatch. By doing that, she also broke Swarti Singh’s Games record of 83 kg created in the last edition of the Games. When she reached the clean and jerk stage of the competition, Sanjita was as smooth as she was during snatch.
Very much like Mirabai, she began by opting to lift 104 in her first attempt, a weight none of the other opponents had opted for. She bettered the next attempt by lifting 108kg and failed in third while trying 112kg.