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Vikas Thakur adds bronze to CWG weightlifting haul

Last updated on: April 08, 2018 12:51 IST

Vikas Thakur

IMAGE: Vikas Thakur of India competes during men's 94kg final of weightlifting. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Vikas Thakur added a shade of bronze to the Indian weightlifters' golden run at the Commonwealth Games, claiming the third position in the 94kg category by equalling his personal best, in Gold Coast, on Sunday.

 

Vikas lifted a total of 351kg (159kg+192kg) on a day when Papua New Guinea's Steven Kari broke the Commonwealth as well as the Games record in clean and jerk for a total lift of 370kg (154kg+216kg).

Vikas faltered in his final two attempts in clean and jerk, aiming for a 200kg lift that would have fetched him a silver. The final attempt was especially messed up as he struggled to keep up with the one-minute he had to complete the lift.

The silver went to Canada's Boady Santavy, who lifted 369kg (168kg+201kg). His snatch effort was a new Games record.

Vikas Thakur

IMAGE: Silver medal winner, Boady Santavy of Canada, gold medal winner Steven Kari of Papua New Guinea and bronze medal winner Vikas Thakur of India celebrate on the podium after competing in the men's 94kg final weightlifting. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

For Vikas, the medal was a climbdown from the 2014 edition where he had claimed a silver with a lift of 333kg, in the 85kg category.

"I had made a commitment to everyone that I would change the colour of my medal, I have done that at least," joked the 24-year-old.

"I was competing after just 10 months of regular training because I had to get my shoulder operated due to an injury," he added.

India has won five weightlifting gold medals so far through Mirabai Chanu (48kg), Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg), Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) and Punam Yadav (69kg).

"I hope to improve by at least 10 kilograms in the next months. I am confident of a better medal at the Asian Games," he said.

Deepak Lather (69kg) is the other bronze medallist in the side apart from Vikas, while P Gururaja (56kg) has claimed the lone silver so far.

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