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Indian lifters' medal haul continues in C'wealth C'ships

Source: PTI
October 22, 2009 17:37 IST
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Indians continued their impressive show at the Commonwealth Senior and Junior Weightlifting Championships, adding 11 more medals, including six gold, on the second day of the event in Penang, Malaysia, on Thursday.

With the 10 medals won on Wednesday, India's medal tally on the penultimate day of the competition rose to 21, with 12 gold, eight silver and one bronze.

Out of these 21, juniors bagged 12 medals, including seven gold.

The highlight of the day was the neck-to-neck fight between two Indians in the senior men's 69 kg. Katulu Ravi Kumar finally emerged winner with a total lift of 307 kg, two more than Govindran Elumalai.

In the senior women's 63kg, Hijam Poireinganbi Chanu won gold while Minati Sethi added silver in 53 kg category with a total lift of 175 kg.

Krishna Veni, who was the late inclusion in the Indian squad in place of dope-tainted Shailaja Pujari, finished fourth in 53 kg division with a total lift of 150 kg. Veteran +75 kg women lifter Geeta Rani will compete on Friday and she is expected to win at least a medal.

In the junior men's 69 kg, Gaurav Dubey bagged gold with a total lift of 271 kg while another Indian Moida Ramakrishna (258 kg) won bronze.

The Indians finished first-second in junior men's 77 kg, with Anupdeo Toppo and Ajaydeep Sarang lifting 274 and 273 kgs respectively.

In junior women's 53 kg division also, Indians were one-two with Kolusu Sandhya and Ch Balvir Kaur winning gold and silver respectively.

Gara Aruna Rani completed India's medal tally with a gold in the junior women's 63 kg with a total lift of 174 kg.

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