The Olympic silver medallist Mirabai Chanu lifts a total of 201kg (88kg + 113kg ) to stamp her authority and register a Commonwealth Games record.
Commonwealth Games 2022 | Day 2: Mirabai Chanu won India’s first gold medal in Weightlifting. Weightlifters Sanket Sargar and Gururaja won silver and bronze respectively and another weightlifter Bindyarani Devi also claimed silver in the 55kg women’s category.
After a thunderous Day 1 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Team India looks to retain momentum on the second day with all eyes on Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, the Tokyo Olympic silver-medallist 2018 and gold medallist Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medallist on Saturday. Badminton and Table Tennis teams looking to make a progress into the knockouts and the women’s hockey team will enter their second group-stage tie. The Indian badminton team began their mixed team title defence with a 5-0 sweep against Pakistan.
Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won a gold medal with a combined lift of 201kg in the Women’s 49kg final at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Saturday 30th July 2022. Mirabai added one more gem to her crown and took amazing pride home the gold as she added another medal to India’s tally on day 2 of the CWG with a total of 201kg.
Mirabai has started well. In her first attempt at the Snatch category, Mirabai made a great show and successfully lifted 84kg. Again, Mirabai lifted the required 88kg and recorded lifting 88kg in her second attempt. She performed her personal best at the level of representing India. In the final attempt of the Snatch category, the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist failed to lift 90kg with exhibiting stunning power.
She leads the race with a 12-kg gap from second-placed Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa.
Gururaja Poojary clinched a bronze medal for India in the men’s 61kg weight category after Sanket Sargar bagged silver in the 55kg category to open India’s medal tally in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
A smiling Mirabai Chanu made her towering presence felt with a record-smashing show while Sanket Sargar tasted big-stage success after years of toil as Indian weightlifters continued to produce sparkling performances at the Commonwealth Games, winning medals of all three hues here Saturday in Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
Olympic silver medallist Mirabai was expected to win a gold medal on the second day of the competition, and she did it with remarkable ease, shattering four records in a power-packed performance.
Partially fulfilling the promise he made to himself four years back, Sargar targetted a gold medal but injured his right elbow while attempting to lift 139kg in his second clean and jerk attempt to eventually settle for second place in the 55kg category. 21-year-old managed a total lift of 248kg (113kg+135kg) to finish just one kilogram behind Malaysia’s Mohamad Aniq, who smashed the Games record in clean and jerk as he lifted 249kg (107kg+142kg) to win the gold.
Later Gururaja Poojary, the silver medallist at Gold Coast 2018, finished third in 61kg to clinch India’s first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in this weight category. It was a successful switch to an Olympic weight category as Gururaja had competed in 56kg in Australia. He lifted 151kg in his final clean and jerk attempt to seal the bronze with a total lift of 269kg, edging out Canada’s Youri Simard (119kg). It was a successful switch to an Olympic weight category as Gururaja had competed in 56kg in Australia.
Highlights | Commonwealth Games 2022 Day 2
- Ace Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins India’s first gold medal at Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
- Sanket Sargar wins silver in men’s 55kg weightlifting, opens India’s account in Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
- Gururaja Poojary wins bronze medal in men’s 61kg weightlifting in Birmingham.
- India beat Wales 3-1 in the Women’s Hockey Pool-A match, to record their second consecutive win in Birmingham.
Other Key Results | Commonwealth Games 2022 Day 2
- Boxing: Lovlina Borgohain beats Araine Nicholson by unanimous decision.
- Badminton: India beat Sri Lanka 5-0, Australia 4-1 in Group A mixed team events
- Table tennis: Indian women’s table tennis suffer a 3-2 defeat against Malaysia in the quarter-finals.
- Squash: Saurav Ghosal beats Sri Lanka’s Shamil Wakeel 3-0 in the men’s singles round of 32 events. Joshna Chinappa outclasses Barbados Meagan Best 3-0, while 14-year-old Anahat Singh goes down fighting 3-1 in the women’s singles round of 32.
- In Badmintion there were wins for PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth. Women’s cricket made its debut with a three-wicket loss against Australia. The Indian women’s table tennis team fared better with a 3-0 victory against South Africa and then a 3-0 victory against Fiji. In boxing, Shiva Thapa won his men’s 63.5kg Round of 32 bouts against Pakistan’s Suleman Baloch The Indian women’s hockey team’s 5-0 win against Ghana on Day One set spirits soaring. In aquatics, Kushagra Rawat came in last in Heat 3 and was eliminated in the Men’s 400m Freestyle event. In the triathlon, India finished 26th and 27th respectively with a dismal performance by Pragnya Mohan and Sanjana Joshi
- The exceptional Mirabai Chanu makes India proud once again! Every Indian is delighted that she’s won a Gold and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success inspires several Indians, especially budding athletes!