Weightlifter Pardeep Singh settles for silver after Samoan showdown at Commonwealth Games
Indian weightlifters continued their rich form at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with Pardeep Singh winning silver in the men’s 105 kg division on Monday. (CWG live updates)
Pardeep’s silver was bitter sweet as he came agonisingly close to a gold but eventually settled for second spot after a close contest with Samoa’s Sanele Mao.
Pardeep, the Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist, lifted 352 kg (152 kg snatch + 200 kg clean and jerk) to claim the second spot after an exciting showdown with Mao.
The 23-year-old went for a 211 kg lift, which would have been a new Commonwealth and CWG record in clean and jerk, but could not pull it off . His second attempt at 209 kg was declared invalid by the jury despite getting the judges’ nod as his elbow had pressed out.
Mao also dropped his final attempt of 211 kg but managed to lift 206 kg in his second chance. He finished with a total of 360 kg (154kg+206kg).
Meanwhile, Purnima Pandey and Lalchhanhimi finished out of the medals in the last two women’s weight divisions at the CWG. Purnima finished sixth out of eight competitors in women’s +90 kg weightlifting final. She lifted 212 kg (94 kg + 118 kg). Lalchhanhimi finished eighth and last in the women’s 90 kg final. She lifted a total weight of 194 kg (85 kg + 109 kg).