Poonam Yadav, the brave daughter of India, made a memorable Sunday of April 08 for India by winning the fifth weightlifting gold for India with a top finish in the 69kg category of the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. A bronze-medallist from the 2014 Glasgow edition, Poonam lifted 222kg (110kg+122kg) to claim gold ahead of England’s Sarah Davies, who finshed with 217kg (95kg+122kg). Earlier Mirabai Chanu (48kg), Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) had claimed gold medals. Mirabai Chanu’s 84kg lift in snatch and 108kg in clean and jerk won India its second gold medal of the Games. It’s also the 24-year-old’s second consecutive gold at the Commonwealth Games. Four years ago in Glasgow, Chanu had dominated the 48kg category, emerging as a strong contender for the Rio Olympics. Sanjita Chanu won her second successive gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 2018 edition held in Gold Coast, Australia. She had shifted to a higher weight category of 53kg and secured the title with a total of 192kg. En-route to her gold medal, she bettered her performance from the previous edition and broke the Games record for the Snatch category with a lift of 84kg; she lifted a weight of 108kg in the Clean and jerk segment. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games Sathish Shivalingam he won gold medal in 77kg category. He lifted 144 kg in snatch games record and 173 kg in clean and jerk. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sivalingam won the gold medal in the men’s 77 kg, with 149 kg snatch, and 179 kg clean and jerk lifts, totalling 328 kg. His lift of 149 kg in the snatch, set a new games record. Sathish born in Sathuvachari, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India to Sivalingam and Deivanai. His father Sivalingam an ex-serviceman who won gold medals at national level and now works as a security guard at VIT University, Vellore. won gold medal in the men’s 85 kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. He lifted a total of 338 kg – 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean and jerk. He won the 4th gold medal for India in the weightlifting category at the games.Manipur Government announced a reward of Rs. lakh each to the girls from the state- Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu had won a gold in women’s 48kg weightlifting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
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