Indian weightlifters continue their gold rush in these Commonwealth Games 2018 as Punam Yadav lifts fifth gold medal in women’s 69 category for India and seventh overall at Gold Coast, Australia.
Punam Yadav, who won the bronze medal in Glasgow Commonwealth Games, lifted a total of 222kg (100kg in Snatch and 122kg in Clean & Jerk) to grab the gold.
She got a tough competition from Fiji’s Apolonia Vaivai who was a joint leader with the Indian by the end of Snatch, but eventually settled for bronze medal after England’s Sarah Davies put some extra-ordinary performance in Clean & Jerk to clinch the silver medal.
Sarah lifted a total of 217kg (95kg in Snatch and 122kg in Clean & Jerk), she almost pulled off a Gold medal with her last attempt of 128kg in C&J but she lose her way in the dying seconds of the lift and settled for silver. Fiji’s Apolonia posted a total of 216kg, she also won a bronze in Glasgow CWG 2014 which was Fiji’s only medal in those games.
The 22 year old Indian finished on top the charts after lifting 100kg in her final attempt in the snatch and took the momentum to Clean & Jerk, where she started with the lift of 118kg, she failed to lift 122kg in her attempt, but a clean lift on the third saw her confirm the fifth gold medal for India.
Weightlifting has proved a way out from the poverty for Punam Yadav, Her father, in the village of Chandmari, on the outskirts of Varanasi, had two other daughters and a son to provide for on his meager earnings as a small-time farmer.
But this has not distract her from the ultimate goal and she continue to improve after moving up a weight category to 69kg last year, won a silver at the Commonwealth Championships 2017 with a total lift of 217kg. She improved on that at the 2017 World Championships, finishing a creditable 9th with a total of 218kg.
India remain on 4th spot in the medal tally with 5 Golds, 1 Silver and a Bronze after Australia, England and Canada.
Meanwhile, Indian shooters did a pretty good job to enter the finals of 10m women’s air pistol event, 10m men’s air rifle event and women’s skeet event.