Weightlifting: Amid gold flurry, Vikas settles for bronze

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Indian weightlifters continued their medal rush at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as Vikas Thakur won a bronze to gift India its eighth medal in the sport on Sunday. Batra had a great start and an 11-7 win in the first game gave her the much-needed momentum. In a hard-fought contest Manika rallied back to snatch the first game. Following Davies was Fiji's Apolonia Vaivai, who lifted 216 kg to finish with the bronze medal.

However, she recovered to lift 122 kg in her third attempt and Vavai's failure at that same weight put the Indian in the leading position for the gold. Defending champion Steven Kari of Papua New Guinea won a second consecutive CWG title with a total of 370 kg. Before Yadav's gruelling triumph, Mirabai Chanu, Sanjita Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala conquered their respective weightlifting categories to extended India's gold tally to four medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. India congratulates Punam Yadav for winning the Gold Medal in the 69 Kg women's weightlifting event.

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The competition consists of two separate lifts: The Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.

In the last event of the day, India's Seema finished sixth in the women's 75kg category. It was only the second table tennis team gold for India at the Games with the men achieving the feat in the 2006 Melbourne edition. "She was capable of pulling it off", Punam Yadav said. In the men's doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty were beaten 21-17, 19-21, 12-21 but Saina Nehwal delivered in her singles' match to beat Jia Min Yeo 21-8, 21-15 and take India to the final.

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Punam lifted 98 kg in her second attempt but Vaivai maintained the lead with 100 kg. For Vikas, the medal was a climbdown from the 2014 edition where he had claimed a silver with a lesser lift of 333kg.

Batra then proved to be too good for Yihan, who failed to read her deceptive strokes.

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