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Weightlifter Geeta flatters to deceive, finishes fourth

Sometimes, you need more than just effort to succeed and that is where prayers come in, but what if they fail too. Such was the case of the Indian weightlifting team on Sunday, as India’s Geeta Rani, who was always competing for a third place in the women’s 75+ kg category in spite of her best efforts, could not finish on the podium.

other Updated: Oct 11, 2010 00:41 IST
Shalabh Manocha

Sometimes, you need more than just effort to succeed and that is where prayers come in, but what if they fail too. Such was the case of the Indian weightlifting team on Sunday, as India’s Geeta Rani, who was always competing for a third place in the women’s 75+ kg category in spite of her best efforts, could not finish on the podium.

Before every attempt, Geeta prayed and was even successful in five of her six attempts. However, all her attempts could only lead her to a fourth-place finish, which was 10kg less than her Australian counterpart, Deborah Acason, who won the bronze medal.

The Indian in her first snatch attempt managed to successfully lift 95kg followed by five more in the second attempt but failed to lift 103kg in the third and final chance. In her three clean and jerk attempts too, she easily lifted 125kg, 130kg and 135kg respectively taking her total to 235.

Meanwhile, CWG records continued to tumble on Sunday courtesy Samoa’s Ele Opeloge who, on her way to gold, broke five of them. In her first snatch attempt, she managed to lift 125kg and bettered that by five more in the second attempt.

In the clean and jerk too, the 25-year-old first successfully lifted 150kg and then, in her second chance, improved it by ten more. Her total, which was 285, was 30kg more than Nigeria’s Maryam Usman who stood second in the competition.

As far as the hosts are concerned, the only medal hope left now is Sarabjit Singh, who will compete in the 105+kg category on Monday.