Pardeep Singh wins silver in men’s 105 kg category in weightlifting at Gold Coast

Day five at the Commonwealth Games for the Indian contingent saw weightlifter Pardeep Singh open the tally with a silver medal in the men’s 105 kg category. He lifted a total of 352 kgs to bag the silver medal, behind Samoa’s Sanele Mao who lifted a total of 360 kgs. England’s Owen Boxall clinched the bronze medal with a total lift of 351 kg.

In the snatch, Singh successfully lifted a weight of 152 kg along with two other weightlifters, but 2kgs behind the eventual gold medal winner as he took an early lead. It meant that in the clean and jerk, Singh would have had to better Mao’s weight to stand any chance of finishing above him on the podium. The second round started, with the Indian lifting 200 kgs. It was bettered by Mao by a whopping 6 kgs, which led Singh to attempt an audacious lift of 209 kg. He seemed to have succeeded when there was a 2:1 verdict in his favour, but it was later overturned.

Mao kept going from strength to strength, incredibly lifting 211 kgs and assuring himself of a gold medal. Pardeep could not match his tally, but ended up with a silver nonetheless, further continuing the strong run of the Indian contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


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