Vikas Thakur wins bronze in weightlifting at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Vikas Thakur wins bronze in weightlifting at 2018 Commonwealth Games

With this win, the team bettered their previous-best performance at the Commonwealth Games.

"I hope to improve by at least 10 kilograms in the next months".

His medal came on day 4 of Gold Coast games where the morning was lit up by weightlifter Punam Yadav bagging gold in 69 kg category of weightlifting and then followed by shooters Manu Bhaker and Heena Sidhu clinching gold and silver respectively in women's 10m air pistol event and finally Ravi Kumar settling for bronze in the men's 10m air rifle. "She was capable of pulling it off", Yadav said after the medal ceremony.

Yadav lifted a total of 222 kg which included 100 kg in snatch and 122 kig in clean and jerk.

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Yadav and her sister run the finances of their house. The victory tasted even sweeter as the women had returned empty handed from the Glasgow edition four years ago. Vikas, however, could take solace from the fact that he was competing in a higher weight category at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia. And nearing afternoon, India's Vikas Thakur confirmed yet another medal to unfurl the tri-colour on the Aussie soil in the men's 94 kg category in weightlifting.

Earlier, Mirabai Chanu (48kg), Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) had claimed gold medals in the ongoing edition. In the attempt to lift the bar, the knees may bend, and the legs may split, but no other part of the body may touch the ground.

This is a two-part lift. But her attempt proved futile as she failed to lift that weight, sparking celebrations in the Indian camp. When the movement is complete, the competitor must remain absolutely motionless until the referees' decision is made.

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