Indian women take team gold


Continuing the unprecedented run of weightlifter in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Indian lifter Punam Yadav on Sunday became the latest inductee to struck gold at Gold Coast.

It was, however, Steven Kari from Papua New Guinea who stole the show with his combined lift of 370kg, including a final successful 216kg lift in clean and jerk to pip Santavy to the title.

Canada fought strongly for possession and were impressive in defence against New Zealand throughout the game.

That being said, this is the first Gold for India's Women's Team in Table Tennis at the Commonwealth Games.

Yadav, a bronze-medallist in the 63kg category at the 2014 Glasgow edition, lifted a personal best of 222kg (110kg+122kg) to claim the top spot ahead of England's Sarah Davies, who finished with 217kg (95kg+122kg).

Paddler Manika Batra inspired India to a historic gold medal with her stunning singles victories, fashioning an unthinkable 3-1 win over formidable Singapore in the final of the women's team event at the Commonwealth Games.

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At present, India's medal tally reads six gold, two silver and three bronze.

Thakur lifted a total of 351 kg in men's 94 kg weightlifting.

Venkat Rahul Ragala yesterday earned India the fourth Gold medal after lifting 338 kilograms in the Men's 85 kg category. It was only the second table tennis team gold for India at the Games with the men achieving the feat in the 2006 Melbourne edition.

Yadav started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt. The England worldwide matched Yadav performance in clean and jerk and lifted 122kg. However, Vaivai registered 97 kg to take the lead after the completion of the opening attempts. As the competition progressed, Bhaker fired 10, 10.3, 10.6, a sensational 10.9 and a 10.4, which put her in the lead position for gold.

Davies went for a 128kg lift in her final clean and jerk attempt in pursuit of gold but could not complete her attempt. In the attempt to lift the weight, the knees may bend and the legs may be split.