Day 1 of Commonwealth Games 2018 was rather eventful for India with a silver and gold medal in men’s and women’s weightlifting category, respectively, in their pocket. All thanks to Gururaj and Mirabai Chanu.

Following their success in the games, Sanjita Chanu became the third Indian to bag a medal at the CWG 2018 and the second one to win a gold.

Sanjita Chanu, a 24-year-old weightlifter hailing from Manipur, won a gold medal in women’s 53 kg weightlifting final. However, this is not Sanjita’s first medal in the Commonwealth. She had won the gold in Glasgow 2014 but that was in the 48 kg category. She has since upgraded to the 53 kg category but the result was no different.

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Along with the gold medal, she even broke the Commonwealth Games record in the Snatch category by clean lifting 84 kg, which was more than 3kg of what her nearest rival was able to lift. The record that she managed to break with her winning lift was earlier set by her compatriot Swarti Singh, four years ago at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.

As for the gold this year, Sanjita’s lift was 10 kg more than the silver medal holder, Papua Guinea’s Loa Dika Toua. The third position went to Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet.

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Here’s how the netizens congratulated Sanjita Chanu on her gold win and praised her hard work in the games.

So many more days to come and medals to win. Go India, Go!!

Jyotsna Amla

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