India got its first gold medal in the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday as Mirabai Chanu, Competing in the 48kg category, set a Commonwealth record and Commonwealth games record. She lifted a total of 196 kgs in a snatch and clean and jerk combined. With this, India now have two Medals.
Marie Hanitra of Mauritius finished a distant second with a total of 170 kg while Dinusha Gomes of Sri Lanka took bronze with 155 kg. Chanu started off on a rousing note by breaking the existing Games record with a lift of 80 kg. She went on to break the record another two times with successful attempts of 84 kg and 86 kg, the latter being her new personal best. The Indian star started the clean and jerk session in similar fashion, lifting 103 kg in her first attempt to take the lead straightaway.
Earlier, Gururaja Poojary won silver in the 56 kg category weightlifting. Apart from this, India not only blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 in the mixed team event in badminton but also beat the Sri Lankan team 3-0 in Table Tennis women’s event. However, the India hockey women’s team lost their opening match to Wales.
Congratulations to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for winning India’s first Gold at the #GC2018 games and breaking three CWG records. India is delighted by these achievements: PM @narendramodi @GC2018 pic.twitter.com/XHyFh8blVw
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2018
Sheer World Class performance by our #Champion #MirabaiChanu 🥇🥇🥇in the #gc2018weightlifting Women’s 48kg Finals breaking all records lose in every lift attempt. Well done #TeamMauritius #TeamSriLanka#Proud moment for #TeamIndia #GC2018 @WeightliftingIN @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/bSSSXU531S
— IOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 5, 2018
In snatch, Mirabai lifted 80, 84, 86 kgs in her three attempts respectively, while in Clean and Jerk she lifted 103, 107 and 110 kgs in her three lifts respectively. With a total of 196 kgs, Mirabai Chanu also set a Commonwealth Record and a Commonwealth Games Record.