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CWG 2018: Twitter Reacts As Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu Wins India’s Second Gold Medal

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Weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu gave the nation its second gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast City by dominating the women’s 53kg event.

The 24-year old Manipuri, who had won gold in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships at the same venue last year, broke the existing CWG record with a lift of 84kg in the snatch category. She then lifted 108 in the clean & jerk to finish with a combined effort of 192kg.

CWG 2018: Twitter Reacts As Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu Wins India’s Second Gold Medal 1

Defending champion, Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea, claimed silver with a total lift of 182 (80 in snatch and 102 in clean & jerk). Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet claimed bronze after finishing with a combined effort of 181kg.

With this gold, Sanjita has justified all the hype surrounding her before the games began. She was one of India’s brightest medal hopes and totally lived upto her billing. Four years ago, she had won gold at the Glasgow CWG in the 48kg category.

Coming to the event, she began the snatch with a lift of 81kg before equalling the CWG record with 83kg in her second attempt. In her third attempt, she broke the record with a super lift of 84kg.

In the clean & jerk, she moved into gold medal position with lifts of 104kg and 108kg before losing her balance in the final attempt. It left Dika Toua with a tough task of lifting 113 kg in her final lift to bag gold but she failed and Sanjita bagged the gold. Sanjita’s gold came a day after Mirabai Chanu won gold in the women’s 48 kg.

Meanwhile, Twitter was quick to hail Sanjita for her record-breaking gold medal-winning performance.

Here are some of the reactions:

https://twitter.com/MajorPoonia/status/982091346084179969

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