Punam Yadav gives India fifth weightlifting gold


Punam Yadav of India, centre poses with the gold medal England’s Sarah Davies, left took silver with 217 kg, while Apolonia Vaivai right (216kg) of Fiji took home the bronze medal.

Gold Coast, April 8: Weightlifter Punam Yadav has delivered India its fifth gold of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, beating all competitors in the women’s 69kg event. The lifter from Uttar Pradesh improved upon the bronze medal she won four years ago in Glasgow with a combined effort of 222 (100 in snatch and 122 in clean and jerk) to take India’s overall medal tally at the Gold Coast Games to seven. At the Carrara Sports Club, the 22-year-old Punam lifted 95, 98 and 100 in the snatch, and then 118 and 122 in the clean & jerk to finish on 122.
Once Canada’s Andreanne Messier finished fourth with a total lift of 211 (95 in snatch, 116 in clean & jerk), all eyes shifted to Punam, Fiji’s Apolonia Vaivai and England’s Sarah Davies. After Vaivai lifted 116, Punam stepped out and lifted 118 to put herself in place for gold; however, a fumble in her second lift left England’s Sarah Davies to attempt 119kg. That she did in stunning manner to push Vaivai down to third place, and a failed attempt meant the Fijian could only settle for bronze. (Agencies)