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Commonwealth lifting: Dominant India end campaign with 45 medals

June 09, 2012 18:18 IST

Indian weightlifters bagged a gold and two bronze medals, on the last day of the Commonwealth Championships, to end their campaign on a high with 45 medals, including 29 gold, at Apia, Samoa on Saturday.

Himanshu Kumar Chang won a gold in junior men's +105 kg category with an effort of 270kg (125+145) while Victor Abilash Christopher (senior men's +105kg) and A Siromani (junior women's +75kg) bagged a bronze each.

India ended the championships with 29 gold, 10 silver and six bronze medals.

This is first time that India have won a medal in all the categories -- 15 each in youth, junior and senior. There are eight categories in the men's section and seven in women's in the youth, junior and senior competitions.

The Commonwealth Championship is being held for youth (boys and girls), junior (men and women) and senior (men and women) categories simultaneously.

"This is first time in the history of the Commonwealth Championships that the Indian team won all the possible 45 medals. Great achievement by Indian lifters and it is a welcome sign for the future of Indian weightlifting," IndianĀ  Weightlifting Federation secretary general Sahdev Yadav said.

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