Indian medal hunt in weightlifting continues as Venkat Rahul Ragala wins India’s fourth gold and sixth medal overall in ongoing Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia.
Rahul Ragala, who won India’s first ever youth Olympics medal in 2014, lifted a grand total of 338kg (151 Snatch and 187 in Clean and Jerk) to clinch his first ever Commonwealth Games medal.
Samoa’s 18 year old Don Opeloge gave a tough fight to the Indian but failed his last attempt to settle for silver medal with the total weight of 331kg (151 Snatch and 180 in Clean & Jerk), this was the first ever medal for Samoa in these 2018 CWG while bronze medal went to Malaysia’s Mohamad Fazrul Azrie Mohdad who lifted 328kg in total.
With this 4th Gold medal in weightlifting, India has already surpassed the performance of Glasgow Commonwealth Games where the contingent won 3 Gold medals in weightlifting events.
The 21 year old Indian weightlifter started his Snatch campaign with 147kg, followed by 151kg which he successfully lifted in his third attempt. In Clean & Jerk. Rahul looked more focused and confident but failed his last attempt of 191kg which he successfully lifted last year in World Weightlifting Championship.
He is surely a promising talent to watch in the next tournaments as he has already won Asian Youth Games Gold medal in 2013, Youth Olympics Silver medal in 2014 and a Commonwealth Games Gold medal now.
India has now jumped to 4th spot in the medal tally with 6 medals (4 Gold, 1 Silver and a Bronze), behind Australia, England and Canada.
Earlier, Defending Champion India’s Sathish kumar Sivalingam bagged the third gold for India in weightlifting with the total lift of 317kg.
Meanwhile, Indian women’s table tennis team also advanced to the semi-finals stage after defeating Malaysia in the quarters of 2018 Commonwealth Games and will now take on England or Canada for a place in Gold medal match.
Indian badminton team has also advanced to the semi-finals stage after beating Mauritius by 3-0 early in the morning.
Also, Srihari Natraj, the 17-year old wonder boy and Khelo India Champion, breaks the National Record in 50m backstroke event to qualify for the semi-finals in swimming.