Indian medal hunt in weightlifting continues as after Punam Yadav’s gold medal, Vikas Thakur has made whole nation proud with his bronze medal in men’s 94kg category of Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia.
The 24 year old, Vikas, who won the silver medal in Glasgow CWG last time in 85kg category, lifted a total of 351kg (159kg in Snatch and 192kg in Clean & Jerk) to clinch the bronze medal this time.
Gold medal went to Papua New Guinea’s Steven Kari who played with his heart out and lifted a massive 370kg in total, one more than the Canada’s Boady Santavy who took the silver medal.
Vikas, started off his campaign with a comfortable lift of 152 kg in his first snatch attempt – a weight higher than most of his other competitors, followed by 155kg and even bettered this mark in his last attempt to get into the second position after Canada’s Santavy.
In Clean & Jerk, he looked confident after lifting 192kg but failed to lift his other two attempts of 200kg which cost him the silver medal.
Canada’s weightlifter more or less was ensured of a Gold medal with his 201kg lift in Clean & Jerk but Steven Kari came out with some extra-ordinary performance to lift 216kg in his last attempt and ensured himself a gold medal.
The medal win takes India to a total of 8 medals in the sport and overall 11 medals (6 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze) in this Commonwealth Games.
Vikas finished on 12th place at the World Weightlifting Championship last year but his ultimate goal was to perform in Commonwealth Games which he did by securing India another medal in weightlifting.
Earlier, Punam Yadav won India’s fifth gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, winning in the Women’s 69kg weightlifting event. After, few moments later India won another Gold in Shooting with just 16-year old Manu smashing the CWG record.