Glasgow, July 24 IANS | 4 months ago

It was double delight for India as Manipuri girls Sanjita Khumukcham and Mirabai Chanu Saikhom won the gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 48kg category to open the country's medal count from the weightlifting competitions at the Clyde Auditorium here Thursday.

The two medals were India's first from the 2014 Commonwealth Games and they were positioned third in the medals tally behind England and Australia.

Sanjita had a total lift of 173 kg while Mirabai had 170kg. The bronze went to Nigeria's Nkechi Opara with a total lift of 162kg.

In snatch, the 20-year-old Sanjita had three good lifts in her three attempts of 72kg, 75kg and 77kg. Sanjita survived a scare in her first attempt, 92kg, in the clean and jerk when she failed to lift the weight and the bar almost missed her shin bone. But in her next two attempts she lifted 92kg and 96kg with ease.

Mirabai lifted 72kg in her first attempt in the snatch but then failed in her next attempt for 75kg. The 19-year-old, however, succeeded in lifting 75kg in her third attempt which was a good lift. She had two good lifts of 92kg and 95kg in the clean and jerk but failed in her last attempt for 98kg.

Sanjita's eyes moistened as the tri-colour was hoisted and the Indian national anthem rang out for the first time in the Glasgow Games.

The Indians had won the silver and the bronze in the same category in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Ngangbam Soniya Chanu had then won silver and Sandhya Rani Devi the bronze.

(Posted on 24-07-2014)

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