Continuing the unprecedented run of weightlifter in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Indian lifter Punam Yadav on Sunday became the latest inductee to struck gold at Gold Coast. Yadav clinched the topmost honour for India at Gold Coast in Women’s 69kg weightlifting event. Yadav increased India’s medal tally to five golds after her heroics in women’s weightlifting. For the win, Yadav had to lift a total of 222kg to outclass her closest opponent Sarah Davies. The England international matched Yadav performance in clean and jerk and lifted 122kg. Interestingly, all gold medals for India have come in weightlifting at Gold Coast.
England international Sarah Davies had to satisfy with the second spot as she claimed silver medal with 217 kg lift. Following Davies was Fiji’s Apolonia Vaivai, who lifted 216 kg to finish with the bronze medal. Before Yadav’s gruelling triumph, Mirabai Chanu, Sanjita Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala conquered their respective weightlifting categories to extended India’s gold tally to four medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.
Yadav started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt. However, Vaivai registered 97 kg to take the lead after the completion of the opening attempts. Yadav made a slow start in the event lifted 95kg in her first attempt. She maintained a neck-to-neck competition with Vaivai, who registered a lift of 97kg to take the lead. In the second lift, Yadav lifted 98 while Vaivai registered a decent 100kg in her attempt. It was Vaivai’s failure of lifting 103kg in her third attempt which got both the athletes on level pegging.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while congratulating Punam on his gold medal praised the Indian lifter’s dedication towards weightlifting. “India congratulates Punam Yadav for winning the Gold Medal in the 69 Kg women’s weightlifting event. Her dedication towards weightlifting is truly admirable,” the Prime Minister tweeted.