Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu from Manipur won first Gold Medal for India at 2014 Commonwealth Games yesterday evening at Glasgow. She won by defeating another Indian and Manipuri Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, in women`s 48kg weightlifting in a display of overwhelming domination in this sports! Sanjita won with a total lift of 173kg (77+96) while Mirabai grabbed the silver with a cumulative effort of 170 (75+95) in the absence of other strong competitors.
The contest was all but over at the halfway snatch stage with 20-year-old Sanjita and 19-year-old Mirabai lifting 77kg and 75kg while Opara could come up with 70kg. The Nigerian`s attempt to give a fight to the Indian duo failed as she could not lift 75kg in her third attempt in snatch. She started on 72kg and then straightaway lifted 77kg, not dropping any weight in snatch. Mirabai failed in her first attempt to lift 75kg but achieved success in her third attempt. It was basically a contest between the two Manipuris in an event which India had dominated for long in the Commonwealth Games from the days of Kunjarani Devi.
Kunjarani, now a women’s coach, was beside the two state mates on the platform, egging Sanjita and Mirabai in her vernacular language. India had won a silver and bronze in this category in 2010.
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