CWG 2018: Indian Sanjita Chanu's New Record- Adds Another Gold In The Tally

The Indian broke down when she was presented her medal, the performance pressure of the last few months finally releasing at the podium.


Weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu delivered India its second gold medal at the XXI Commonwealth Games, winning the top spot in the women’s 53kg category in weightlifting at Gold Coast on Friday.

It was the second gold medal for Sanjita in her Commonwealth Games career, having stood on the top of the podium at Glasgow 2014 by winning the 48kg class. India also created a new Game record in snatch by lifting a weight of 84kg. In clean and jerk, her best of the day was 108kg to finish with a combined effort of 192kg.

Sanjita took an interest in weightlifting after being inspired by the iconic N Kunjarani Devi. She made headlines after winning gold at the 2009 senior nationals before grabbing a bronze at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in 2011. In 2012, she won gold at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.

Accolades for the 24-year-old started pouring in on various social platforms.

“Although I had done better in the Commonwealth Championships but still I am ok with what I managed today,” said an overwhelmed Chanu.

The Indian broke down when she was presented her medal, the performance pressure of the last few months finally releasing at the podium.