Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

CWG 2018: Lifter Venkat Rahul wins 85kg gold, gives India 4th gold

CWG 2018: Lifter Venkat Rahul wins 85kg gold, gives India 4th gold

England's Sarah Davies took silver with 217kg after she failed to lift 128kg on her final clean and jerk.

"It was my first time playing against Feng, the moment I knew I won against the world number four, I felt on top of the world". At the 2014 CWG, at just 20 years of age, Sanjita won gold over Mirabai Chanu with a total lift of 173 kg which was just two kgs short of the Games record.

But the score belied the gutsy performance by the team, which have an average age of 22.1 years. Her father, in the village of Chandmari, on the outskirts of Varanasi, had two other daughters and a son to provide for on his meager earnings as a small-time farmer.

Montag's victory completed an Australian double in the first athletics disciplines on the programme, with preliminary rounds in the men's and women's 100m set to get under way later at Carrara Stadium. I gave her advice to keep trying. The family's sacrifices would eventually count for something.

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Fiji's Apolonia Vaivai won bronze with a combined total of 216kgs.

From the shooting ranges in Brisbane to the weightlifting arena at Gold Coast, the women dominated.

"The last 500m hurt so much but I had everyone behind me which made it so special", Bird-Smith said.

"I was actually happy that I could play the match today and make that winning point for the Indian team", she added. The lifter from Andhra Pradesh topped the charts in the 85kg Men's category, cruising past his second-placed opponent - Don Opeloge of Samoa - right at the very end. In the final attempt, however, he was successful in registering 151 kg to his kitty.

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Etoundi injured his left biceps on his second attempt in the clean and jerk but didn't want to let his coaches know how badly he was hurting. Yadav had failed with her own second lift of 122kg.

Thakur is no stranger to podium finishes at the Commonwealth level. A year later, he won silver in the same weight class on his Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow. It will be another big day for India, who will look to add more gold in weightlifting as well as shooting and athletics.

Indian boxers' rampaging run continued unabated as the veteran duo of L Sarita Devi (60kg) and Manoj Kumar (59kg) advanced to the quarterfinals along with Commonwealth Games debutant Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg). That changed my life.

Glaetzer qualified fastest in a games record time but said an "elementary error" cost him badly in the ride-off against Sahrom, who had been the slowest of the 16 qualifiers.

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And as fate would have it, he did so.

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