Manipur’s Sanjita Chanu gave India its second gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia by winning the women’s 53 kg weightlifting event on Friday.
Sanjita was by far the most dominant competitor in both snatch and clean jerk. She took the lead in the snatch with an opening attempt of 81 kilograms.
She overcame a stiff challenge from 2014 Glasgow gold medallist Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea with a total lift (snatch plus clean and jerk) of 192 kg for India’s second gold in the weightlifting category.
Sanjita registered a Games record in snatch with a lift of 84kg that put her in pole position in the event.
This was the second Commonwealth gold for the Manipur weightlifter, having won the 48kg event in Glasgow four years back.
This is India’s third medal at CWG 2018 with Manipur’s Mirabai Chanu winning gold on Day 1 while P Gururaja claiming the silver – both in weightlifting.