first_imgIndian weightlifters won four medals on the opening day of the XIXth Commonwealth Games but failed to clinch a gold.Ngangbam Soniya Chanu, who was expected to win the first gold for India, had to be content with a silver after 17-year-old Nigerian student Augustina Nwaokolo put in her best show at the Games to win the 48kg title at the weightlifting complex of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. India’s Sandhya Rani Devi Atom finished with a bronze.Among the men, India’s Sukhen Dey and Srinivasa Rao won silver and bronze medals respectively in the 56kg class. Malaysia’s Amirul Ibrahim won the gold.Nwaokolo also set a new Commonwealth Games record of 175kg after a snatch lift of 77kg and clean and jerk attempt of 98kg.After gliding through the opening stage with three confident lifts in the snatch, Nwaokolo then succeeded with 94kg and 98kg in the clean and jerk before failing with 100kg.Chanu began her campaign by lifting 73kg in her first snatch attempt. In her second and third attempts, she tried to lift 76kg but failed. In clean and jerk, Chanu lifted 94kg in her first attempt but failed to lift 103kg in her other two attempts. Chanu lifted 167kg in total to win silver.”It was a sad day for me. I think God was not with me today. My coach was really hopeful that I will win gold but I will say I am unlucky that I missed two chances of winning gold here,” Chanu said.advertisementOn the other hand, Sandhya failed to impress in her very first attempt.She lifted 70kg in her second attempt but failed to lift 73kg in her third attempt. However, she improved her performance in clean and jerk as she lifted 90kg in her first attempt and then found success in lifting 95kg to make a new Commonwealth Games record, which was soon broken by Nwaokolo. She lifted 165kg in total to settle for bronze.”I am happy to win bronze here but disappointed that I could not do better in snatch. I missed the gold medal but let’s hope we win in the men’s category. We were sure to win the gold here but it all went wrong today.We were hoping for the best results as we worked hard but I will say it’s our bad luck,” Sandhya said.Coach Harnam Singh also said it was unfortunate that India did not win gold. “I apologise to everyone because I had said India will win a gold medal in 48kg,” he said.Erika Yamasaki of Australia, the bronze medallist in Melbourne, crashed out of the event after failing three times while attempting 88kg in clean and jerk.The 23- year-old collapsed on the floor and began crying after her unsuccessful attempts.last_img

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