CWG 2018: Weightlifting medal rush continues with Vikas Thakur's bronze

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For Thakur, the medal was a climbdown from the 2014 edition where he had claimed a silver with a lesser lift of 333kg.

However, she recovered to lift 122 kg in her third attempt and Vavai's failure at that same weight put the Indian in the leading position for the gold.

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"I was expecting a good fight but from Fiji not England. Her strength is that she can change gears from defense to counter attack very fast", said Gupta.

Gold Coast: Indian weightlifters remained a cut above the rest with Punam Yadav (69kg) adding a fifth gold medal and Vikas Thakur (94kg) picking up a bronze in what has been a truly remarkable campaign so far at the Gold Coast. His snatch effort was a new Games record.

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"I came to India camp in 2014 after taking up weightlifting on the insistence of my elder sister".

Yadav and her sister run the finances of their house. Four years ago in Glasgow, Ravi had fallen agonisingly close of a bronze in the same event. Mirabai Chanu, Sanjita Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala had earlier emerged champions in their respective categories.

In Snatch, the competitor lifts the bar overhead in a single motion. She maintained a neck-to-neck competition with Vaivai, who registered a lift of 97kg to take the lead. In the first (the "clean") part, the weight is brought from the ground to shoulder-level in one motion. Yadav made a slow start in the event lifted 95kg in her first attempt.

In the second (the "jerk"), the competitor bends the knees, at the same time extending the arms upwards, thus lifting the bar overhead.

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