Weightlifting: Amid gold flurry, Vikas settles for bronze

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Indian weighlifters continued to dominate the competition at the 21 Commonwealth Games as Punam Yadav won gold in the women's 69 kilogram category here on Sunday. She started with an 80kg lift in the snatch before managing an effort of 84 kg. Find us on Facebook too! This was India's eleventh medal in the ongoing games.

Thakur lifted a total of 351kg (159kg+192kg) on a day when Papua New Guinea's Steven Kari broke the Commonwealth as well as the Games record in clean and jerk for a total lift of 370kg (154kg+216kg).

Yadav, a bronze-medallist from the 2014 Glasgow edition, lifted 222kg (110kg+122kg) to claim gold ahead of England's Sarah Davies, who finshed with 217kg (95kg+122kg).

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And Stephanie Morton and Kaarle McCulloch, who made up the women's team sprint pair, won their event, also beating NZ. Gold medalists Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell of Australia celebrate on the podium.

ALSO READ: Punam Yadav gives India fifth weightlifting gold That became nine not long after at the Belmont Shooting Centre, where the women's pair of Bhaker and Heena - recipient of the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) Shooter of the Year award in February - finished first and second in a captivating shooting final. Mirabai Chanu, Sanjita Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala had earlier emerged champions in their respective categories. He had lifted 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean & jerk. India now have won 12 medals so far, including seven gold, two silver and three bronze. It was only the second table tennis team gold for India at the Games with the men achieving the feat in the 2006 Melbourne edition.

Vikas faltered in his final two attempts in clean and jerk, aiming for a 200kg lift that would have fetched him a silver. Punam started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt. In the second lift, Yadav lifted 98 while Vaivai registered a decent 100kg in her attempt. But her attempt proved futile as she failed to lift that weight, sparking celebrations in the Indian camp.

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