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Commonwealth Games 2018: Sanjita Chanu wins India's second Gold on Day 2

Commonwealth Games 2018: Sanjita Chanu wins Indias second Gold on Day 2
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Published: 6 April 2018 2:31 AM GMT
It's a delight for the Indian weightlifting camp as we now have a second Gold in two days. After Mirabai Chanu's spirited performance yesterday, it's another Chanu who bags the coveted yellow metal for India. A lift of 192 kgs for Sanjita Chanu means that India now have their third overall medal in the tournament. It was an event unlike Mirabai Chanu's yesterday. While she stayed clear ahead of her competitors, the Women's 53kg discipline ensured that the competition boiled right down to the wire. Not only was there a strong contention for the top 2 spots, the Bronze medal race was wide open too towards the end. For Sanjita, who had won the Gold 4 years ago in the Glasgow Games, coming into the 53kg category was a challenge in itself. She now had to face off against the Defending Champion and Clean and Jerk Games Record holder Loa Dika Toua. It was always going to be tight. Going into the Clean and Jerk, Sanjita Chanu stood on top after clearing an 84kg in Snatch. It is worth remembering that Sanjita's own personal best stands at 85kg, something which she decided against attempting to break. Chanu maintained a steady lead over Dika Toua throughout. The lifter from Papua New Guinea, in fact, stood third after the 3 attempts of Snatch. Sanjita Chanu attempted a higher weight to extend her lead over her closest competitor by entering 112kg in her last Clean and Jerk attempt. In that section, her best lift for the day remained at 108kg. Had she succeeded in clearing her third attempt, she would have set the Games C&J record too overtaking Dika Toua by a two kilos. She failed to clear that but her 10kg lead of Dika Toua remained unaffected after the latter also failed to clear 114 on her final attempt. Days before the Commonwealth Games began, there was enough controversy in the ranks about how the team's physio had not been allowed access in the Games Village. The contingent is officially traveling with a coach, three assistant coaches and a manager. Despite the problems faced, it is heartening to see the brilliant performance being put in by the young Indian litter at Gold Coast. Also read: Commonwealth Games 2018: Indian weightlifters are bringing medals, but at what cost?
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