Chanu lifted a total of 192 kg to win the gold medal Image: Twitter
The record-smashing Mirabai Chanu won India's first Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medal yesterday. And now, Sanjita Chanu has followed suit.
Sanjita just claimed India's second successive CWG gold, despite nursing a nagging back problem.
The petite Manipuri lifted a total of 192kg (84kg+108kg) to claim the gold ahead of Papua New Guinea's Loa Dika Toua, who finished with 182kg (80kg+102kg) for a silver. The bronze medal went to Canada's Rachel-LeBlanc-Bazinet (81kg+100kg).
Golden start to the day!! Continuing from where she left off 4 years ago in Glasgow. Congratulations, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu on giving 🇮🇳 it's 2nd Gold Medal 🥇 in the on-going #GC2018. Proud moment. pic.twitter.com/vcQfkIU77I— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 6, 2018
"Although I had done better in the Commonwealth Championships but still I am ok with what I managed today," Chanu, an employee of the Indian Railways, said after her triumph.
She broke down while being presented the medal, the performance pressure of the last few months finally releasing at the podium.
Bhartiya Naari Sab par Bhaari. One more Gold. Congratulations #SanjitaChanu for winning our second gold in #GC2018Weightlifting in the women's 53kg category. #CWG2018— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 6, 2018
Her second CWG gold after the 48kg one in Glasgow. Proud of you champion. pic.twitter.com/Xnms7T6Byz
"A lot of people said that probably I wasn't good enough for a medal. My back injury that I picked up at the World Championships last year is still not fully healed. I am probably at 90 per cent right now," said the soft-spoken youngster.
INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN
India's success at the Commonwealth Games is just not restricted to weightlifting. Because Indian shuttlers just beat Pakistan 5-0 in the mixed doubles category. Before that, they beat Sri Lanka by a similar 5-0 margin. Kidambi Srikanth beat Murad Ali 22-20, 21-16. And Saina Nehwal registered a straight-game victory over her rival Mahoor Shahzad. Ashwini Ponappa and Ruthvika Gadde teamed up to beat Mahoor Shahzad and Palwasha Bashir.