Defending Champion India’s Sathish kumar Sivalingam bagged the third gold for India in weightlifting at Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia.
Olympian Sathis kumar took the gold with the grand total of 317kg (144kg in Snatch and 173kg in Clean & Jerk), followed by England’s Jack Oliver who won the Silver after posting 312kg (145kg in Snatch and 167kg in Clean & Jerk) while bronze medal went to Australia’s Francois Etoundi with the lift of 305kg.
Sathish who holds a Games record in Snatch lifted 136kg in his first attempt, followed by 140kg and 144kg in his last attempt but it was England’s Jack Oliver who finished on top with a one kg advantage.
But, in Clean and Jerk, Indian looked more stronger than his British opponent and successfully lifted 173kg to win his second consecutive gold back to back in two Commonwealth Games.
There was a bit of controversy in this event as Malaysia’s Mubin Rahim’s final attempt of 165 kg in Clean and Jerk was given a green light initially but the decision was overruled in no time with the referees saying he touched his arms touched the knees. However, the replay didn’t supported the same in any frame.
India has won five medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze) till now, will all of them coming from weightlifting only. With another gold, India has jumped to 3rd spot in medal tally after Australia and England with many events still to go.
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.