Commonwealth Games: Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu wins second gold for India

The lift put her ahead of her competitors as they headed in for the "clean and jerk".

Pre-event favourite Tali Darsigny of Canada held a one kilogram advantage over Toomey after the snatch, but ultimately ended up one kilogram behind overall.

Toomey's victory comes just days after she lost her 17-year-old cousin Jade Dixson to a vehicle accident.

"Athletes within our weightlifting team have tried to treat each other's injuries because our physio is not allowed to come into the Games Village or for our competition", she said.

After Mirabai Chanu's weightlifting exploits yesterday, India woke up to the news of fellow Manipuri, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu's sensational gold medal in the women's 53 kg category at the Commonwealth Games.

Defending champion Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea was a distant second with 182 kg while Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet of New Zealand took bronze with 181 kg.

Indian weightlifter Saraswati Rout fails to lift 78kg in all three attempts in the snatch, exits women's 58kg competition.

In a remarkable performance, Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and the Games record in snatch, pulling off clean lifts in all her three attempts (80kg, 84kg and 86kg). While Lather had luck on his side as his nearest rival fouled the all-important final clean and jerk lift, Chanu had her fortitude to thank as she claimed her second successive CWG gold despite nursing a nagging back problem here. Competing in the women's 48kg category then, she was only 20 -years old when she won India's first gold of the Games. It was tougher this time.

"Last night I was feeling really BUMMED".

Having said that, after Sanjita's success today, it is impossible for the sports ministry to ignore her claims anymore.

Kyle Chalmers has claimed gold for Australia in the men's 200 metre freestyle, adding to Australia's medal tally on a night anticipated to provide a Commonwealth Games gold rush for the host nation.

But, to the delight of the Indian contingent, Ioane failed at 175, and Evans, who was very animated and aggressive at the staging area, took gold while Dissanayake took silver and Deepak finished with bronze.

  • Zachary Reyes