Sathish Kumar gives India 3rd gold in CWG

08 April, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Gold Coast: There was no stopping the Indian weightlifters, with Sanjita Chanu and Deepak Lather adding a gold and bronze to the team's tally, on the second day of the 21st Commonwealth Games, here on Friday.

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There's plenty of action to get to today, including the distribution of 22 gold medals, so let's dive straight in.

Back at the venue where last year she won gold in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships, the 24-year-old from Manipur broke the existing CWG record with a lift of 84kg in the snatch category and then lifted 108 in the clean & jerk to finish with a combined effort of 192kg. "I really have to do well at the Gold Coast Games", she had said.

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"It's hard to not be aware with the big scoreboard and the crowd, but for me it's that feeling when I land that high bar dismount and I roar and the buzz I get I do it for that".

Both the lifters opted for 191kg as their final clean and jerk lift and both of them failed but Rahul clinched the top prize owing to Opeloge's failed second attempt at a 188kg lift. The other Indian participant in the event, Sonali Mayanglambam didn't start.

King will now face eight-time world champ and two-time defending Commonwealth Games champion, Nicol David from Malaysia who is 34-years-old and one of the greats of the sport.

Success also continued in the mixed team badminton event as India topped Group A and reach the quarter-finals, after thrashing unfancied Scotland 5-0.

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India outplayed Samoa 26-4 in the men's Pairs Sectional Play Round 4, while women's Fours Sectional Play team beat England 21-9. In fact, he won two gold medals in junior and senior categories and setting a couple of records.

The Indian team, chasing its first CWG medal after the 2006 Melbourne Games silver, trailed the first 30 minutes of the match, scored a couple of goals in the third period to draw level before conceding one in the dying minutes of the match to end up on the losing side. "I've been working so hard to get to this stage", Sarita said after her triumph.

India's medals have come in a trickle of two every day thus far, courtesy the weightlifting team.

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