Kh Sanjita joins Mirabai in gold hunt at CWG

Govt announces Rs 15 lakh reward each for Mirabai, Sanjita

IANS/STAFF REPORTER GOLD COAST/IMPHAL, 6th Apr: Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham won gold in the women's 53 kilogram category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Friday.
The Manipuri star lifted a total of 192 kg which included a CWG record of 84 kg in the snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk.
Defending champion Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea was a distant second with 182 kg while New Zealand's Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet took bronze with 181 kg.
This was India's second gold at this year's CWG. Fellow Manipuri weightlifter Mirabai Chanu had won gold with spectacular record breaking attempts in the women's 48 kg on Thursday.
Sanjita was by far the most dominant competitor in both snatch and clean jerk.
She took the lead in the snatch with an opening attempt of 81 kilogram.
New Zealand's Rachel, who had managed 78 kg in her first attempt, joined Sanjita to the pole position by lifting 81 kg in her second attempt.
But Sanjita showed her class by equalling the CWG record of 83 kg in her second attempt to regain the lead.
The Kiwi, whose best lift in training has been 82 kg, made a brave and futile attempt to match the CWG record.
The Indian then walked out to set a new CWG record at 84 kg and take the lead. The previous CWG record of 83 kg was set by compatriot Swarti Singh at the Glasgow Games in 2014.
Things were even easier for Sanjita in the clean and jerk as none of her rivals managed to produce even a semblance of a challenge.
Sanjita took the lead with a successful opening attempt of 104 kg. She bolstered her lead with 108 kg in her second attempt.
She then attempted to better the existing CWG record of 111 kg which was set by Loa in 2014. That however, was not to be as Sanjita failed to lift 112 kg in her third attempt.
Loa, who started with a successful attempt of 102 kg, failed to hoist 109 kg in her second attempt.
She then went for 113 kg in her final attempt in a bid to better her own CWG record and retain the title which she had won four years ago.
But she failed in her third attempt despite a brave effort as the Indian camp celebrated Sanjita's triumph.
Rachel meanwhile, needed two attempts to clear 98 kg before lifting 100 kg in her third attempt.
In acknowledgement of their outstanding performances, the government of Manipur has announced cash reward of Rs 15 lakh each for Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu.
Sanjita Chanu won the second Gold medal for India in the 53 kg weight category of women’s weightlifting event Friday.
Chief minister N Biren Singh has congratulated the weightlifter on winning the second Gold medal for the country.
Sanjita clinched Gold in the 48 kg weight category of the Commonwealth Games-2014 at Glasgow as well.
Born on January 2, 1994, the 24-year-old weightlifter has been playing the sport since 2006. She won Gold medal at the Senior National Championship in 2009 before grabbing a Bronze medal at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in 2011. In 2012, she again won Gold medal at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.
It may be mentioned that Mirabai Chanu won the first Gold medal for India in the 48 kg category of women’s weightlifting event at 21st Commonwealth Games, 2018 breaking her own and Games records on Thursday.
Mirabai Chanu has been representing India in different international events since 2014 in the 48 kg category. She has won the World Championships title and multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games.
Mirabai won Silver Medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. Her biggest achievement came in 2017 when she won the Gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, United States.
In recognition of her achievements, she was felicitated by chief minister N Biren Singh by presenting her with a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh days after she awarded the Padmashri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport in 2018.
As per the Government rule, cash prizes of Rs 15 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs 8 lakh would be awarded to all the players of the state who win Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively in the ongoing Commonwealth Games.

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