GOLD COAST, April 8: 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 today in what has been a truly remarkable campaign so far at the Commonwealth Games here.
Yadav, who hails from Dandupur village in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, was a 63kg category bronze-medallist in the 2014 Glasgow Games. Today, she pulled off a personal best of 222kg (110kg+122kg) to claim the top spot ahead of England�s Sarah Davies, who finished with 217kg (95kg+122kg).
Davies went for a 128kg lift in her final clean and jerk attempt in pursuit of gold but could not complete her attempt. The bronze medal was won by Fiji�s Apolonia Vaivai with an effort of 216kg (100kg+116kg).
�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,� Punam Yadav said after the medal ceremony.
�But then it�s all about fate, I got what was my destiny and she got what was her destiny. Thankfully our physio was allowed inside for some time for strapping my knee, I have slight pain there,� the 22-year-old added.
Yadav had claimed a silver at last year�s Commonwealth Championships, her first event after making the jump from 63kg to 69kg category.
Adding a dash of bronze to the collection was Thakur (94kg), who lifted a total of 351kg (159kg+192kg) on a day when Papua New Guinea�s Steven Kari broke the Commonwealth record in clean and jerk for a total lift of 370kg (154kg+216kg).
Thakur faltered in his final two attempts in clean and jerk, aiming for a 200kg lift that would have fetched him a silver. The final attempt was especially messed up as he struggled to keep up with the statutory one-minute window he had to complete the lift. Thakur, on the other hand, was quite cheeky about his bronze, which is a lesser medal compared to the silver he won in the 2014 Glasgow Games in the 85kg category.
�I had made a commitment to everyone that I would change the colour of my medal, I have done that at least,� joked the 24-year-old.
�I was competing after just 10 months of regular training because I had to get my shoulder operated due to an injury,� he added on a more serious note. � PTI