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Sports: Two more gold medals in weightlifting moves India up to sixth spot

It was a mixed day for India as its women’s cricket team scored a flattering eight-wicket win over Pakistan in a crucial game.

Two superb performances by weightlifters Jeremy Lalrimmunga and Achinta Sheurli got India two gold medals to help it move up in the medals tally to sixth spot on the third day of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

It was a mixed day for India as its women’s cricket team scored a flattering eight-wicket win over Pakistan in a crucial game. India after losing the opener to Australia needed a win to stay in the hunt for a place in the semis. For Pakistan it was its second successive defeat in the Games.

The Indian badminton team also moved up, defeating South Africa 3-0 to earn the right to challenge Singapore in the semi-finals. England defeated Canada in another quarterfinal to set up a semifinal clash with Malaysia. Malaysia defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in the fourth quarterfinal.

Young Jeremy Lalrimmunga, who displayed excellent courage in continuing to lift after cramps, gave India its first gold of the day by winning the 67 kg category event. It was India’s second gold in weightlifting after Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu had given the country a golden start yesterday.

Jeremy cleared 300 kg (140+160) in what appeared to be a close contest with lifter from Samoa, Vajpave Idane who totaled 293 kg as his last attempt at 174 kg in clean and jerk was unsuccessful.

And Jeremy sprawled on the podium after his second and third attempts in clean and jerk because of cramps. Fortunately, he did not have any injury and was all cheers at the medal’s presentation ceremony. He thus became the second athlete from Northeast after Mirabai Chanu to win a gold for India.

After Jeremy, it was Achinta who kept the Indian flag flying and the national anthem played at the medal’s presentation ceremony.

Achinta was in complete command in the 73 kg category by staying ahead of all his opponents. He cleared 313 kg (143+170) by setting aside the challenge from Malaysian opponent Enny Hidayat Muhammad. The Malaysian lifter aggregated 303 kg while the bronze went to Shad  Danigmy of Canada who cleared  298 kg.

With Achinta’s gold, India has taken its medals tally to seven with all medals coming from weightlifting alone.In women’s weightlifting Popy Hazarika finished seventh in the 59 kg category with a total lift of 183 kg against the gold medalist Refata  Folashade Lawal of Nigeria who aggregated 208 kg.



Prabhjot Singh

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