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. Defending champion Steven Kari of Papua New Guinea won a second consecutive CWG title with a total of 370 kg. The 16-year old from Haryana put up a tremendous performance to upstage more seasoned shooters as she shot a 240.9, a Commonwealth Games record.
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.
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England global Sarah Davies had to satisfy with the second spot as she claimed silver medal with 217 kg lift. She put India 1-0 ahead after beating Tainwei Feng 11-8, 8-11 7-11 11-9 11-7 in the first match of the rubber.
Earlier, Mirabai Chanu (48kg), Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) had claimed gold medals in the ongoing edition.
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It was India's 12th medal at Gold Coast in Australia - seven gold, two silver and three bronze. But, out to prove that nothing is impossible for a willing heart, the Indians were simply remarkable as they out-muscled the three-time champion 3-1 for a memorable gold at the XXI Commonwealth Games. Punam started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt. She lifted an impressive total of 192 kg to win the medal. However, Vaivai registered 97 kg to take the lead after the completion of the opening attempts.
Punam lifted 98 kg in her second attempt but Vaivai maintained the lead with 100 kg. "I did not want to kept her settle so I changed my rubber after the second game", she added.
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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.