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Vicky Batta wins silver in weightlifting

Batta lifted an overall 245 kg, which included 114 kg through snatch and 131 kg through clean and jerk.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 20:00 IST

India's Vicky Batta put up a creditable performance but had to be content with a silver medal in the men's 56 kg weightlifting event at the 18th Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Thursday.

Batta lifted an overall 245 kg, which included 114 kg through snatch and 131 kg through clean and jerk.

But it was five kg less than the effort of Malaysia's Mohd Faizal Baharom, the 2002 Manchester Games bronze medallist, who ran away with top honours.

Baharom hoisted 250 kg (115kg+135kg) while his 39-year-old compatriot Matin Guntali, coming out of retirement for the tournament, took the bronze with lifts of 238 kg (107kg+131) at the Melbourne Exhibition centre.

India were eyeing their second gold of the day through 25-year-old Batta after he confidently raised the bar to 110 kg in the snatch and then went on to lift 114kg in his third chance after a failed second attempt.

Meanwhile, Baharom lifted 110 kg and 115 kg in the first two attempts and despite an unsuccessful third attempt he tallied enough to lead the tables.

The Malaysian, who led Batta by one kg in snatch, lifted four kg more in the clean and jerk and increased the gap between them to five kg to maintained his country's domination of the event at this level.

In Manchester, Malayasian Aminul Hamizan Ibrahim has won all the three gold medals in the category but his chances of defending the title in Melbourne were shattered after he failed a drugs test.