Indian heavyweight Vikas Thakur bagged another medal at the Commonwealth Games by winning silver in the men’s 96 kg category here on Tuesday.
The experienced Thakur finished second with a total lift of 346kg (155kg+191kg) and bagged his third CWG medal in three editions.
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This was Thakur’s second silver, having also finished second in the 2014 Glasgow edition. In Gold Coast, they came back with bronze.
Samoa’s Dawn Opeluge 381kg (171kg+210kg) won the gold medal with a record-breaking performance to win the 2018 silver medal.
Fiji’s Taniela Tisova Rainbogi narrowly missed out on the bronze medal with a total effort of 343kg (155kg + 188kg).
Thakur, a five-time Commonwealth Championship medallist, achieved three clean lifts of 149kg, 153kg and 155kg to finish joint third after the snitch round.
In the clean and jerk section, Thakur started with a lift of 187 kg, which he did perfectly.
His second attempt was 191 kg, which took some effort but the Punjab lifter managed to pull it off and celebrated with the famous ‘Ran Panch’ by Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan.
With silver assured, Thakur went for 198 kg, one kilogram more than his personal best, in his third attempt but fell short.
But the event belonged to Opulage, who broke games records in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total Lift.
The 23-year-old Samoan celebrated with a groovy dance-off at the end of his spectacular show.
It was heartbreaking for home favorite Cyril Tachet who failed to register a single legal lift in the clean and jerk.
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