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Indian women's TT team enters final, assured of medal

09 April, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Gold Coast, April 8 (IANS) Weightlifters continued to shine for India, with Punam Yadav (69kg) and Vikas Thakur (94kg) winning gold and bronze medals respectively on the fourth day of the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Sunday. She started with an 80kg lift in the snatch before managing an effort of 84 kg.

Yadav lifted a total of 222 kg which included 100 kg in snatch and 122 kig in clean and jerk.

England's Sarah Davies took silver with 217 kg, while Apolonia Vaivai (216 kg) got bronze.

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Vikas faltered in his final two attempts in clean and jerk, aiming for a 200kg lift that would have fetched him a silver. Vikas lifted a total of 351kg (159kg+192kg) on a day when Papua New Guinea's Steven Kari broke the Commonwealth as well as the Games record in clean and jerk for a total lift of 370kg (154kg+216kg).

Paddler Manika Batra inspired India to a historic gold medal with her stunning singles victories, fashioning an unthinkable 3-1 win over formidable Singapore in the final of the women's team event at the Commonwealth Games.

Yadav started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt. He had lifted 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean & jerk.

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Batra then proved to be too good for Yihan, who failed to read her deceptive strokes.

Yadav, a native of Uttar Pradesh, had claimed a silver at last year's Commonwealth Championships, her first event after making the jump from 63kg to 69kg category.

"Even in my wildest dream I had not thought that I will beat an Olympic medallist and world number four", Batra said after her shock win over Feng Tianwei. As the competition progressed, Bhaker fired 10, 10.3, 10.6, a sensational 10.9 and a 10.4, which put her in the lead position for gold.

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England worldwide Sarah Davies had to satisfy with the second spot as she claimed silver medal with 217 kg lift.

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