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After Mirabai, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu bags India’s second gold in CWG 2018

As India celebrates Mirabai Chanu’s gold medal achievement in 48 kg category, fellow Manipuri weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu has also bagged a gold medal in the women’s 53kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday.

Fellow Manipuri weightlifter Mirabai Chanu had won gold with spectacular record-breaking attempts in the women’s 48kg on Thursday. Sanjita, who also hails from Manipur, lifted a total of 192 kgs,  which included a CWG record of 84 kgs in the snatch and 108 kgs in clean and jerk.

Defending champion Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea was a distant second with 182 kgs while Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet took bronze with 181 kgs.

Khumukcham lifted a combined 192kg, 10kg more than second-placed Toua.  “It was easier in Glasgow,” Khumukcham said after the competition. “It was tougher this time. Still, I was able to do it, so I’m really happy”

Sanjita was by far the most dominant competitor in both snatch and clean and jerk. She took the lead in the snatch with an opening attempt of 81 kgs.

Canada’s Rachel, who had managed 78 kgs in her first snatch attempt, joined Sanjita at the pole position by lifting 81 kgs in her second attempt.

According to a report in Press Trust of India, Sanjita Chanu expressed disappointment for not breaking a Commonwealth Games record despite the fact that she was not even 100 percent fit.

The 24-year-old Manipuri claimed the 53kg category gold today after breaking the Games record in snatch — her total was 192kg (84kg+108). But the ambitious athlete in her was a shade “sad” that she could not break the record in clean and jerk.

“Had I not dropped my last lift, I would have created a Games record. I really wanted to do it. I missed it and I am a bit sad about that. But I guess it’s ok, I don’t know,” said the reigning Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist.

The Indian was attempting a lift of 113kg in her final chance in clean and jerk but could not pull it off.

“I had come thinking of breaking the record and lift 112kg (the CWG record stands at 111kg), I thought it was not that difficult. Probably god was not with me today.

“I became a little stiff during my clean lift and I probably didn’t push too well in a jerk,” she reasoned.

The gold in 53kg came after a top finish in the 48kg category during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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