GOLD COAST, April 7: Indian weightlifters continued to dominate at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia’s Gold Coast with the veteran Sathish Kumar Sivalingam winning a Gold in the men’s 77-kg event here on Saturday.
Sivalingam won the third gold medal for India in weightlifting as he lifted 317 kg in total, 144 kg in Snatch and 173 kg in Clean-and-Jerk in Men’s 77 kg weightlifting event here.
It is India’s 5th medal so far in Commonwealth Games 2018, and all of them have come in weightlifting so far.
He faced a stiff competition from England’s Jack Oliver who remained on the second position, after a difficult clean-and-jerk round.
England’s Jack Oliver took silver with a total of 312 kg while Francois Etoundi ensured bronze for hosts Australia with 305.
It is his 2nd consecutive gold medal at Games, as he secured the gold in Glasgow in 2014, as well.
Ragala Venkat Rahul handed India their fourth gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018 by lifting a total weight of 338kg (151+187) in the men’s 85kg weightlifting event. This is India’s sixth medal in weightlifting competitions as well as in the CWG.
Rahul impressed with a successful lift of 147kg in his first snatch attempt and went on to lift 151kg in his third and final lift after failing to carry the same weight in the second. He continued his good work lifting 182kg in his first clean and jerk attempt to jump to top spot in the standings.
His second lift of 187kg took him to a total weight of 338kg that remained his best as he faltered in the final attempt of 191kg. Luck also went in Rahul’s favour with silver medalist Don Opeloge of Samoa failing to lift 191kg in his third and final attempt that helped Indian clinch the honours. (Agencies)