Sanjita Chanu Earns India its Second Gold in CWG 2018

Ria Das
Apr 06, 2018 06:14 IST
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A day after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won gold, another star Sanjita Chanu won another gold in the women's 53 kg category. Sanjita who got India the second gold medal at the ongoing CWG is being praised for her extraordinary moves. With this win, she became the second Indian woman weightlifter to win gold in two different editions of the Commonwealth Games, piping defending 2014 Glasgow gold medallist Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea.

On Friday, Sanjita challenged Dika Toua and overpowered her with a total lift of 192 kg in snatch plus clean and jerk.

Sanjita registered a Games record in snatch with a lift of 84 kg that put her in pole position in the event.

The Manipur weightlifter clinched her second Commonwealth gold, having won the 48 kg event in Glasgow four years back. Till now, this is India's third medal of CWG 2018 with Mirabai Chanu winning gold on Day 1 while P Gururaja bagging the silver -- both in weightlifting.

As the second day started for India, Sanjita gifted the nation another medal as she bagged a Gold in 53 kg weightlifting event. The Manipuri registered scores of 81, 83 and 84 in snatch, with the last lift well-structured to break the CWG record. In the clean and jerk section, Sanjita took a 3 kg lead over her closest opponent - Canada’s Rachel LeBlanc-Bazinet - who had lifted 81 kg in Snatch.

If look at the scoreboard, she overpowered the 2018 Gold winner Mirabai, in Glasgow. She clinched a gold with a total lift of 173 kg at the age of 20. Sanjita claimed the gold, and missed out on the Games record by a whisker. As 2017 began, she secured a berth for CWG Australia after taking gold in the women's 53 kg with a total lift of 195 kg at the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships.

The 24-year-old was drawn to the sport after getting inspired by weightlifting star champion N Kunjarani Devi. Sanjita came into spotlight after winning gold at the 2009 Senior Nationals before registering her name at on the international stage with a bronze at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in 2011. Just a year later, she bagged a gold at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.

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