The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have started and India has one of the brightest medal hope. Sanjita Chanu also won gold after four years. She had also won a gold at the Glasgow CWG in the 48kg category. And this time she also had switched to the 53kg category she proved herself once again. She Started the snatch with a lift of 81kg, equaled the CWG record with 83kg only in her second attempt and then created a new record her own with a super lift of 84kg, in the clean & jerk section. The previous CWG record was under name of India’s Swarti Singh four years ago.
In the clean & jerk, Sanjita had already moved to gold medal position with lifts of 104kg and 108kg although she lost her balance in the final attempt. That left Dika Toua with no option but to lift 113kg in her final lift but In spite of trying her best she stumbled and lost grip on the bar, which made Sanjita gold medalist. Her gold came a day after Mirabai Chanu won gold in the women’s 48 kg with a combined effort of 196kg and P Gururaja took home silver in the men’s 56kg event.
Sanjita says her interest in weightlifting is 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. At the 2014 CWG, at just 20 years of age, Sanjita won gold over Mirabai Chanu with a total lift of 173 kg which was just two kgs short of the Games record.
Sanjita also put her name down for a spot at the 2018 CWG after taking gold in the women’s 53kg with a total lift of 195kg (85kg+110kg) at the Commonwealth Senior (men and women) Weightlifting Championships.