Mirabai Chanu on Thursday clinched the first gold for India as she went on to surpass her own personal record. The Manipuri weightlifter lifted 86 kg in Snatch, surpassing her personal best of 85 kg in the Category and then surpassed her 109 kg clean and jerk record to lift 110kg in the category. Her total lift of 196 kg delivered India’s first gold on the first day of the Commonwealth Games 2018 in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting category. It came hours after Gururaja won the silver in the 56 kg weight category. She also created a new Commonwealth Games record in the process.
Commonwealth Games 2018 Mirabai Chanu Gold medal win highlights:
In a remarkable performance, Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and the Games record in a snatch, pulling off clean lifts in all her three attempts (80kg, 84kg and 86kg). She then 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.
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The showing helped her better the silver she had won in the 2014 Glasgow CWG. The Indian ended 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. Her nearest but still a very distant rival, Amanda Braddock of Canada failed to complete a single lift in the clean and jerk after managing a best of 76kg in the snatch.
Earlier, P Gururaja claimed a silver medal in the men’s 56kg event to open India’s medal account in the quadrennial extravaganza. Gururaja bagged the first medal for India at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games with silver in the men`s 56-kilogram category here on Thursday. Gururaja had a best attempt of 111 kg in the snatch and 138 kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 249 kg. Izhar Ahmed of Malaysia won gold with a new Commonwealth Games record of 261 kg.