Bandyarani Devi Surokhaibum won a silver medal for India in the women’s 55 kg weightlifting event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Indian weightlifters put in an outstanding performance on Day 2 as Bandyarani was the fourth medal winner for India in the Games. The 23-year-old lifted 86kg in the snitch event to finish third in the round. While he scripted a CWG record with a lift of 116 kg in the clean and jerk round. It was also his personal best.
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In the first attempt, he lifted 81 kg in the snitch round and then finished with 84 kg and then 86 kg in the third round. While in the last attempt the record breaking 116 kg lift in the clean and jerk lifted a total of 202 kg.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Adijat Adenike Olarinoye won the gold medal as she scripted a CWG record with a 92kg snatch at the second attempt. He lifted 111 kg in the clean and jerk round. His overall weight was 203 kg as he beat the Indian weightlifter by just 1 kg.
While Friar Morrow of England settled for the bronze medal as he lifted 4 kg less than Bandyarani’s total. The 23-year-old had an impressive run in the Snitch round where he lifted 89kg in his second attempt. In the clean and jerk round, she managed to lift 109 kg.
In 2021, Bandyarani won gold in the clean and jerk at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships but a bronze medal at the 2022 CWG is going to make him a household name in the country.
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Earlier in the day, Meerabai Chanu won gold for India in the women’s 49kg weightlifting event. He dominated with a total of 201 kg which was his personal best and a Commonwealth Games record at the same venue.
In men’s weightlifting, Sanket Sargar bagged a silver medal in the 55 kg category with a total lift of 248 kg (113 snatch, 135 clean and jerk). While Gururaja Pujari lifted a total of 269 kg and settled for the bronze medal. Gururaja lifted 151 kg in his third clean and jerk attempt, which helped him win the title in Birmingham. In the snitch round, he lifted 118 kg in his second attempt.
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