18 Nov

Punam Yadav wins gold, Vikas gets bronze at CWG 2018: All about Weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games

first_imgThe gold rush continued in weightlifting for India as Punam Yadav added a fifth to the tally with a top finish in the 69kg category of the 21st Commonwealth Games today. In the men’s 94 kg category, Vikas Thakur won a bronze to add to India’s medal tally.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). Punam Yadav wins gold medal at the CWG 2018.”I was expecting a good fight but from Fiji, not England. I was a little nervous when Sarah went for 128kg in her final lift. She was capable of pulling it off,” Yadav said after the medal ceremony.Vikas, on the other hand, lifted a combined total of 351 kg (159 kg in snatch and 192 kg in clean and jerk) to win his second medal after winning silver in Glasgow in the men’s 85 kg category. Papua New Guinea’s Men’s 94Kg Weightlifting Gold medalist Steven Kari (center) with Canada’s Silver medalist Body Santavy (left) and India’s Bronze medalist Vikas Thakur wave after a medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games. (AP)More about Punam YadavYadav, a native of Uttar Pradesh, had claimed a silver at last year’s Commonwealth Championships, her first event after making the jump from 63kg to 69kg categoryShe came to India camp in 2014 after taking up weightlifting on the insistence of her elder sister. “She got me into it,” Yadav said when asked about her initiation into the sportadvertisement The 22-year-old, who finds it tough to even remember her own phone number, was quite candid about her family, which she says, is financially stable now after her 2014 Glasgow medalYadav and her sister run the finances of their house. “We are a normal financially stable family. We were not that great some years ago but we are alright now. I am working with the Indian Railways now,” she added proudly Earlier, Mirabai Chanu (48kg), Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) had claimed gold medals in the ongoing edition.All you want to know about Weightlifting in the Commonwealth Games:In Commonwealth Games competition there are events for both men and women with eight weight categories for each.Men: 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg and +105kgWomen: 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg 90kg and 90+kgThe competition consists of two separate lifts: The Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. Each competitor is allowed a maximum of three attempts at each of the different lifts; if they fail to register a valid lift in one of the categories they are eliminatedThe athlete who lifts the heaviest weight wins but if two athletes lift the same weight successfully then the winner will be the athlete with the lightest bodyweightA good lift is judged by three officials who indicate a good lift with a white light on the scoreboard, the majority decision is carriedThe winner of the Commonwealth Games will be the athlete who lifts the biggest total weight across the two liftsWhat is ‘Snatch’?In Snatch, the competitor lifts the bar overhead in a single motion. In the attempt to lift the bar, the knees may bend, and the legs may split, but no other part of the body may touch the ground.Once the bar is lifted overhead, the competitor must remain motionless, arms and legs extended, with the bar and body in a straight line, until the referees make a decision which automatically registers as a visual and audible signal to replace the barbell to the platform.What is ‘Clean and Jerk’? This is a two-part lift. In the first (the ‘clean’) part, the weight is brought from the ground to shoulder-level in one motion. In the attempt to lift the weight, the knees may bend and the legs may be split.In the second (the ‘jerk’), the competitor bends the knees, at the same time extending the arms upwards, thus lifting the bar overhead. When the movement is complete, the competitor must remain absolutely motionless until the referees’ decision is made.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img

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