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Mirabai Chanu bags gold at Commonwealth Weightlifting
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Mirabai Chanu bags gold at Commonwealth Weightlifting

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New Delhi, Jul 9: Continuing her good form, Padma Shri awardee Mirabai Chanu bagged a gold medal on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship here on Tuesday.

Chanu lifted a total of 191kg (84kg + 107 kg) in the senior women’s 49-kg event to snatch yellow metal in the Olympic qualifying event.

The Indian contingent overall won 13 medals including 8 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals in senior, junior and youth categories.

The qualification process for the 2020 Olympics is based on the performances of the weightlifters in six events over a period of 18 months out of which the four best results logged by a lifter will be considered.

Another weightlifter, Jhilli Dalabehra also secured the first place on the podium with a lift of 154kg (70kg+94kg) in the senior women's 45 kg event which is not an Olympic weight category.

Meanwhile, Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi and Matsa Santoshi won the gold and silver medals respectively in the senior women's 55kg.

Bindyarani lifted 78 kg in snatch to win the silver medal. Giving her best, she lifted 105 kg to fetch a gold medal in clean and jerk as well as the overall gold.

Weightlifter Santoshi got first position in snatch with a lift of 80kg, however she could only manage 102kg in clean and jerk taking her total to 182kg.

In the senior men's 55kg category, Rishikanta Singh won gold with a total lift of 235kg (105kg+130kg). (UNI)