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Day begins with a gold; Sanjita Chanu wins in Women’s 53kg Weightlifting category

Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu, the 24-year Manipuri girl, gave India the second gold after she won in the Women’s 53kg Weightlifting at Commonwealth Games 2018. Sanjita Chanu’s success came following that of another Manipuri girl, Mirabai Chanu who won gold in 48kg in the opening day of the Games. India’s another medal, till now, came through the weightlifting prowess of Gururaja Poojary who won silver in Men’s 56kg Weightlfting category.

Sanjita Chanu began her campaign with a new Commonwealth Games record when she managed to lift 84kg in Snatch. She started with 81kg and gradually upgraded it to 83kg and 84kg. The Clean and Jerk had a thrilling finish with the competition got confined between Chanu and Papua New Guinea’s Loa Dika Toua. She lifted 102kg in the first attempt while Sanjita lifted 104kg. In her second attempt Toua kept 109kg which she was unable to lift. In the menwhile Chanu already lifted 108kg in her second attempt. Sanjita was leading with 192 points. She, however, failed to lift her third attempt. Toua, who was 10 points behind, also failed to lift her third attempt. Eventually, Sanjita Chanu won the gold.

Sanjita took up the sport of weightlifting in 2006, inspired by Weightlfting legend Kunjarani Devi. She was the gold medal winner in Women’s 48kg in Glasgow 2014 and Commonwealth Championship in 2015.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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