CWG 2018: Mirabai Chanu Clinch Gold, Set New CWG Record

This is Saikhom’s second CWG medal following the silver she won in Glasgow four years ago. Competing in the 48kg category, she lifted 80 kg in her first attempt and followed it by snatching 84 and 86 kgs, thereby breaking three records in all her lifts. 


It has been a strong start for India at the weightlifting event in Commonwealth Games 2018 with Saikhom Mirabai Chanu clinching the gold medal in women’s 48 kg and P. Gururaja claiming the silver medal in the men’s 56 kg category.

This is Saikhom’s second CWG medal following the silver she won in Glasgow four years ago. Competing in the 48kg category, she lifted 80 kg in her first attempt and followed it by snatching 84 and 86 kgs, thereby breaking three records in all her lifts. The 23-year-old Indian lifter - who works as a senior ticket checker with the Indian Railways - had qualified for the CWG with a national record lift of 194kg that won her gold at the World Weightlifting Championships, becoming just the second Indian since Karnaman Malleswari 22 years ago to do so.

On the other hand, 28-year-old Gururaja lifted 111 kg in snatch and 138 kg in clean and jerk to power his way to the silver medal- achieving his personal best. An employee of the Indian Air Force, Gururaja, who began weightlifting in 2010, had won gold in the Commonwealth senior weightlifting championship.

“After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country,” speaks Gururaj on his medal-winning effort.

Congratulatory wishes have started pouring in and the two have definitely given an astounding start to the Indian tally of medals. With hopes from Indian athletes soaring high, we wish the Gold coast journey brings many more medals in the Indian kitty.