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N Biren announces Rs 15 lakh reward each for lifters Mirabai, Sanjita

Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh on Friday announced a cash reward of Rs 15 lakh each for Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu who bagged gold medals at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

According to a report in Indo Asian News Service, Mr. Biren said India and all sections of people in Manipur are proud of the two Manipuri girls.

On Thursday, Mirabai Chanu clinched the first gold for India at the Games with a power-packed performance in the women’s 48 kilogram category.

The Manipuri powerhouse left the competition far behind by setting Games and Commonwealth records in the snatch, clean and jerk as well as the total.

Ms. Mirabai registered 86 kg in the snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 196 kg.

Khumukcham Sanjita also bagged a gold medal in the women’s 53kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday.

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

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 had 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).

“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.

(Images source: Twitter)

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