Lifter Punam Yadav wins gold at CWG

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Indian weightlifters continued their medal rush at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as Vikas Thakur won a bronze to gift India its eighth medal in the sport on Sunday.

Yadav lifted a total of 222 kg which included 100 kg in snatch and 122 kig in clean and jerk.

In clean and jerk, the Ludhiana power-man successfully completed his first attempt of 192 kg, however, his next two attempts went in vain as he failed to lift 200 kg to drop to bronze medal spot.

England's Sarah Davies took silver with 217 kg, while Apolonia Vaivai of Fiji lifted 216 kg for the bronze. India now ranks third in the medal tally.

ALSO READ: Punam Yadav gives India fifth weightlifting gold That became nine not long after at the Belmont Shooting Centre, where the women's pair of Bhaker and Heena - recipient of the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) Shooter of the Year award in February - finished first and second in a captivating shooting final. She started with an 80kg lift in the snatch before managing an effort of 84 kg. In the men's doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty were beaten 21-17, 19-21, 12-21 but Saina Nehwal delivered in her singles' match to beat Jia Min Yeo 21-8, 21-15 and take India to the final.

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Yadav started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt. She had won a gold in Glasgow in the 48 kg category as well. Davies then made a courageous attempt at the gold with a final attempt of 128 kg.

In the men's 94kg event, Vikas cleared 152 kg easily in his opening attempt in the snatch to shoot into the lead.

Canada's Boady Santavy however, blew away the competition with a best attempt of 168 kg to reset the CWG record.

Kari could only manage 154 kg in the snatch.

For Vikas, the medal was a climbdown from the 2014 edition where he had claimed a silver with a lift of 333kg, in the 85kg category.

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